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PRINCETON — Princeton High senior Lane Woodall has been running all his life, but for his first two years of high school it was on the basketball court. When Woodall decided to run cross-country his junior year, he never thought that he could get a chance to go to college to run, but he will run for University of Mount Olive as a preferred walk-on with a chance to earn a scholarship.
“I just started running my junior year and didn’t really know what I was getting into but I love running,” Woodall said. “I love to keep doing it for four more years. Going to Mount Olive where they’ve got some great runners and great coaching staff will be fun to run with some of those guys and see how much I can improve.”
Woodall said he started running because he had nothing to do in the fall before basketball so he just decided to pick it up. Once he figured out he was good, he took the training more seriously. Woodall said cross-country and track have influenced him into becoming a nutrition major. Woodall said running made him change his diet, become healthier and he hopes to help others do the same.
“I had to change a lot of things,” Woodall said. “I had to change what I eat, what I drink, going to bed early and making sure I’m not staying up late so I can have my full night’s rest. It’s been a lot, but it’s paying off. It’s been a fun experience, but definitely hard.”
Woodall, in a short amount of time, has broken multiple school records. His coach, Mark McLamb, said the odds of Woodall going to college after only two years of training were not in his favor, but Woodall’s work ethic bridged the gap.
“He was behind the eight-ball,” McLamb said. “It’s hard to get in college in any sport when you’ve only got two years invested. For the amount of work that he’s put in, in this amount of time, it’s good to see him rewarded with the opportunity to run in college and I think he’s going to take advantage of it.”