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A roster chock full of young athletes looking to make a name for themselves doesn’t seem like it would be an ideal fit for an incoming freshman.
Zak Kennison would disagree.
Kennison, a standout distance runner at Los Alamos High School, was one of two graduating seniors from the Hilltopper cross country and track program to sign his National Letter of Intent today. Kennison inked with Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to run with the Mavericks.
It wasn’t an easy decision for Kennison, who placed eighth individually at the Class 4A cross country championship race this season.
In fact, it took a lot of introspection for Kennison as to whether he wanted to run at the collegiate level at all. However, he decided that things seem to go along much more smoothly when he’s training and competing than when he’s not.
And the decisive victory his team took at the state cross country meet really sealed the decision for him.
“We had a really successful year,” he said. “We didn’t make it to nationals. We were a little bummed about that, but it was a great experience. Building bonds with my teammates was fun.”