Aledo's (TX) Graydon Morris will be trying to make his fourth consecutive Foot Locker Nationals appearance this fall.
This region is bringing back one of the strongest runners at Foot Locker Nationals over the past three years. That athlete is Aledo (TX) rising senior Graydon Morris.
Morris has made Foot Locker Nationals every year he's been in high school. During his freshman year, he finished 34th, running 15:51.20 in a race dominated by juniors and seniors on the boy's side. The next year he improved vastly, finishing in second as a sophomore clocking a 15:23.30. During his junior year, he finished third (15:25.10), making it two top-three finishes in a row. If he makes it back to Foot Locker Nationals this year he will be one of only a handful of athletes to make Foot Locker Nationals all four years of his high school career.
Another athlete who had a strong Nationals appearance in 2018--his first year competing--was Virginia Episcopal School's (VA) Daniel O'Brien. O'Brien finished third at the region meet and will be the top returner there. He followed it up with an All-American finish at nationals where he placed 12th, running 15:45.90.
Other strong athletes from the South Region who could run well if they chose to go to Foot Locker are La Porte's (TX) Ryan Schoppe, El Paso Hanks' (TX) Michael Abeyta, and Henry County (TN) High School's Silas Winders. Schoppe had a remarkable track season, winning the adidas Boost Boston Games mile in 4:09.15 and the UIL Texas Class 6A 3200m in 8:52.73. He was also the runner-up last cross country season at the UIL Class 6A Cross Country Championships, running a 14:43.88.
Check below for the full list of top returners.
States in Foot Locker South Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. citizens in Overseas Military Installations.