The loss of his senior track-and-field season stung Alex Miller deeply. But what lessened the blow just a bit for the Cedar Crest hurdler was his recent commitment to Division Two East Stroudsburg University.
On Wednesday, April 29th, Miller formally announced his decision to continue his athletic and academic careers at East Stroudsburg, during Cedar Crest High School’s virtual signing day. Miller had burst on to the local track-and-field scene last year, with a strong junior season.
“I went there for an open house,” said Miller of East Stroudsburg. “I talked to the head coach and the team and they explained how they do everything together, they do stuff as a team. Yeah, it was a good thing.”
As a junior, Miller captured his specialty, the 110 high hurdles at the Lancaster-Lebanon League Track and Field Championships. Miller, who also competed in the 300 intermediate hurdles, finished sixth in the 110 high hurdles at the District Three Class AAA Championships at Shippensburg Univeristy, and also qualified for states in the 110.
“It was disappointing,” said Miller of losing his senior season. “But last year was a successful season, so I’m glad it ended that way.
“The thing I miss most is probably just doing the things I’m used to doing,” added Miller. “Everything changed and I’m not doing the things I normally do.”
Miller’s personal-best time in the 110 high hurdles is a 15.02 and his personal record in the 300s is 42.9. He was hoping to shave time off those marks, as part of his personal goals for his senior year.
“When I first started, I was doing 19.0s and 20.0s, then 17.0s and 18.0s,” said Miller, of the 110s. “It was like I was taking a second off a year. I was thinking I could do that this year as well. I wanted to be first in the county and first in the league, then just see what happened at districts and states.”
Miller said he is considering a major in exercise science at East Stroudsburg.
“I was always looking forward to going to college,” said Miller. “I always knew I wanted to go somewhere, whether I was going to run or not.”