Marble Falls High School runner Jordan Wright (right) competes in the 800 meters with teammate Cody Skipper (left). Wright signed a letter of intent to run for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on March 12. Photo by Diana Cox
JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School senior distance runner Jordan Wright signed his letter of intent to compete for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on March 12.
“I’m excited about going to college,” he said. “No one in our family has ever gone for sports. I’m the first to do that. I think I made the right choice.”
Wright said the campus hit on many things for which he was looking.
“(Head coach Shawn Flanagan) told me (the Islanders) had a good program,” he said. “But he was looking for a bunch of kids to start a foundation. The campus is real pretty. It’s right there near the beach. I love to fish. (The campus) is not huge, but it’s not tiny. It’s a cool place.”
The Mustang will be a member of both the cross-country and track teams, which is common for distance runners.
That means he plans to spend his summer doing working out.
“(Flanagan) has been pretty honest with me,” Wright said. “He said that if I don’t do (the workouts), I’ll not survive.”
The son of Steve and Kathy Wright is trying to decide between majoring in business or engineering.
In addition to thanking his parents, Wright also was grateful to Marble Falls High School head cross-country and distance-running coach Anthony Torns.
Wright had the chance to be a preferred walk-on at Texas Tech University. So he and Torns had many conversations about his future during which the coach emphasized that Wright should run at a program that offered a scholarship and where he could be a big contributor to the team.
“(Torns) told me he wants me to go to a place I’m wanted,” he said. “He did everything he could to make sure I’d get on the college level. I think he’s done an awesome job. I can’t think him enough for that. He did everything he could to help me be the best prepared for whatever college I go to.”