TAPPS athletics may be canceled for the rest of the school year, but that does not mean a couple of Midland Christian athletes aren’t taking big steps in their athletic careers.
Midland Christian seniors Garison Breeding and Colin Rogers signed with track and field programs recently. Breeding signed with the University of Tennessee and Rogers signed with Lubbock Christian University.
Starting high school, Rogers said he could see himself competing in college athletics. However, he thought he would be playing football. Not throwing the shot and discus.
Rogers said he realized he could take his track and field career to the next level after he won second place in the state championships his sophomore year. The following year, he placed third.
However, Rogers’ senior year in general was hindered a bit after he tore his ACL playing football. At first, Rogers was not sure he would be able throw his senior season, but ended up throwing in two meets this year. Since this season was cut short for everyone, but especially Rogers, he said he is thankful he gets to continue his throwing career.
Rogers said he chose LCU because of the coaching staff and new facilities. It will be the first year the Chaps have a track and field program.
Breeding was the No. 1 triple jumper in the state of Texas and No. 2 in the United States across all high school divisions going into COVID-19 suspensions. Since his senior year did not go as planned, Breeding said he is thankful he will still have a track career next season so his training has not gone to waste.
“A lot of people think they work hard…but Garison Breeding works hard,” said Midland Christian Head Track and Field Coach Tyler Fleet. “He’s earned every bit of this.”
Breeding said he loved everything about the University of Tennessee, especially the coaches, campus and the people he met on his visits.
“I think it was where God was calling me to and where I was meant to be,” he said.
Both Breeding and Rogers agreed the work ethic instilled in them during their time at Midland Christian has best prepared them for competing at the collegiate level.
“Both of them always keep me laughing- great sense of humor. But at the same time, hardworking, fun to be around…just high-character guys. Can’t say enough about them,” Fleet said.
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