Last week NCHS senior Alec Penfield made an early decision about his intentions upon graduation next spring. In front of his parents, friends and track and field coaches, Penfield became the first student-athlete from the Class of 2019 to sign his letter of intent. He becomes the second Lusk athlete in just over six months to sign with Chadron State College (following Miranda Gilkey last spring) as he will continue his high jump career.
“I’m really excited for him,” said Boys Head Coach Jim Lyons. “He loves to compete in the high jump and this has been a goal of his throughout his high school career.”
The early signing is a departure from Lusk’s recent graduates that signed much later in the school year. When asked about it, the 2018 2A State runner-up just smiled and said, “This is insane, just hard to believe it’s real.” The main reason for the early signing is so he can focus on basketball before embarking on his goals this spring.
“Alec jumps 6’4” consistently and they want him to get 6’6” this coming season,” said high jump coach Sandra Johnson. “And he wants that too, and a state championship.” Also on Penfield’s checklist is the school record of 6’7” held by Bret Zowada (2000).