Friday Film: The Small Town Texas Runner Who Made History

* In 2018, MileSplit traveled to Turkey, Texas, to profile Jake Merrell, who earned a Division I scholarship to Baylor University out of UIL Class 1A school Valley after a distinguished career which saw him win over 10 individual state championships. For more, read 'Jake Merrell Can't Lose' on Flosports.

TURKEY, TEXAS -- Jake Merrell really wants to catch a fish.

Like seriously, you don't even know. But nothing is biting at the moment, and it's really bothering him, so the soon-to-be graduate of Turkey Valley High School, and arguably the greatest small school track and field athlete in Texas history, decides he needs a strategy.

The 18-year-old throws off his green long sleeve into a rickety old fishing boat he's standing on and reveals nothing but lean, carved muscle and a tall runner's frame.

After five minutes, a sense of foreboding lapses over him. Still nothing

OK, now he's getting anxious. This isn't normal. Jake Merrell always catches fish!




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