JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
BURNET — Burnet High School senior Brock Foster didn’t take an offseason. The five-sport athlete devoted himself to being the best he could for the Bulldogs. Now, he’ll take that commitment with him as he competes as a track-and-field athlete for McMurry University.
Foster signed his letter of intent May 12 to be a sprinter and jumper for the War Hawks.
He said McMurry, located in Abilene, “felt like home” when he visited the campus and met the coaches and other athletes.
“Everybody was welcoming,” he said. “I felt part of the program. The coaches there were phenomenal. They supported me the whole way.”
McMurry has won 13 conference championships in 20 years. That success and the closeness of the athletes and coaches are what made Foster want to attend classes there, he said.
“It’s just like I’m here still,” he said. “It’s that family feel all the way around.”
Foster was a member of all three Burnet relay teams that finished third in each race at the regional meet earlier this spring. He was seventh in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet 3½ inches.
Assistant coach Jerod Rye said Foster “was our track MVP this year. He was the MVP at our practices, and he competes very hard.”
Burnet head track coach Billy Cook said most are familiar with Foster’s athletic talent. He was a member of the football, basketball, baseball, track, powerlifting, tennis and soccer teams.
“But what you don’t see is his leadership,” Cook said.
Foster led by example, the coach said, which spoke volumes to his teammates and coaches.
Representing Burnet in many sports goes back to what he believes is right for him, Foster said.
“To work hard in everything you do,” he said. “Push yourself, and you’re going places.”
The son of Earl and Kaci Foster will major in business with a minor in directing video. The younger Foster credited theater teacher Amanda Petrowsky for his minor.
“She’s been a real inspiration,” he said. “I always thought this could be fun.”
Athletic director Kurt Jones said Foster will be missed for many reasons besides his versatility and leadership.
“We’d take 10 or 12 (of him) if we could order them up,” he said.