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Lafayette Jeff's McQuay to continue track & field career at Indiana
March 8, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
Carl McQuay’s father grew up in a single-parent household with seven kids and was expected to pay his own way through school.
He expected the same from his children.
The Lafayette Jeff senior found a way to pay for a college education with his legs and his intelligence.
On Monday, McQuay signed a national letter of intent to run track at Indiana State, a Division I program coming off Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference indoor championship.
“Indiana State, overall it’s not the biggest school, but it is a school I can go to and compete and put some up some numbers,” McQuay said.
Between academics and athletics, McQuay said there will be hardly any costs for him to attend school at the Terre Haute campus.
McQuay enters his senior year for the Bronchos vying for a fourth trip to the IHSAA state finals.
In the previous three seasons, McQuay has won four sectional championships and is a three-time IHSAA state finals participant in the 200 meters and 400-meter relay. Last season, he also placed eighth in the long jump at the state meet.
“Carl is going to get a lot of one-on-one attention from them, and they are going to help him develop into everything possible that he is able to do, everything he is capable of becoming,” Jeff coach Larry Griggs said.
McQuay said he received scholarship offers from smaller Division I programs, as well as Army and Navy, but his official visit to Indiana State set the Sycamores apart from the crowd.
There, he befriended Arqeil Shaw and Katie Wise, who this weekend won individual conference titles, and they helped sell him on joining Indiana State, where he plans to study recreation and sports management.
“I visited a whole bunch of schools. Since I am in 21st Century Scholars, I went to colleges all the time and visited,” McQuay said. “Indiana State seemed like one that fit me the most.”