One of the leading runners for the Nashville Hornets will continue his career at the college level.
Caleb Klein signed his letter of intent last week to run for the Kaskaskia College Blue Devil cross country team.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Klein said. “I have always known I wanted to continue running after high school. To get the opportunity [to run for KC], it’s pretty exciting.”
Klein had a successful senior year for the Hornets. In cross country, he was a top finisher in many competitions for the boys’ team.
Last week, Klein competed at the Illinois High School Association’s track and field state competition, where he placed 19th in the 300-meter hurdles and 23rd in the 110-meter hurdles.
KC Coach Mike Hargis said he recognized that Klein possesses the potential to not only go the distance and enjoy it but also the speed and agility to put up some great times.
“He’s got that little bit of a streak in him that a cross country runner has,” Hargis said. “Caleb has the mentality. He likes to do that. He is going to go out there and race and get better and better. He’s a track athlete, so he has some speed. I think he’s going to be a great asset for us.”
Last year, the KC Blue Devils had one of their most successful years. The boys’ team finished 14th overall in the NJCAA DII National Cross Country Championships, the best-ever finish in program history.
Mary Klein said she is looking forward to watching her son continue his running career at KC.
“I am very proud,” she said. “He has a drive like no other. He puts his mind to something and he works hard at everything he does.”
Pictured are front row, Caleb Klein and his mother Mary Klein. Back row, NCHS Athletic Director Alicia Heggemeier and KC Cross Country Coach Mike Hargis.