Barnesville High's Kane Stephens will continue his academic and athletic careers at Wheeling Jesuit University this fall and he'll be a member of the Cardinals' track team in the spring.
As a senior, Stephens was second in the OVAC in the 200-meters and was part of three place-winning relay teams - first in the 4x400, second in the 4x200 and third in the 4x100.
At the Division III District, he was runner-up in the 200 and on the first place 4x400 and second place 4x200 teams. The 4x400 relay quartet was fourth in the regional and went on to place fourth in the state for all-Ohio honors and the 4x2 team took second at the regional.
Stephens' personal records include 11.7 in the 100 and 23.23 in the 200.
"Athletically, I chose WJU because I wanted to be a student-athlete for a university close to home," said Stephens. "As for academics, they have a stellar program with successful professors and I'm looking forward to being a part of that."
Stephens' coach at BHS, Dylan Rogers, feels Wheeling Jesuit is an excellent fit for the talented runner.
"I believe if Kane can stay healthy, he can really have a tremendous career at WJU," said Rogers. "I think even as a freshman he can contribute to the team.
"He was our fastest runner and was definitely overlooked on our team with very talented athletes and two individual school record-breakers," said the BHS coach. "On most teams, he would have been the top point scorer.
"Kane battled some leg issues the past few years which caused him to focus more on relays than individual events," the coach pointed out.
"His best event is definitely the 200," said Rogers, "however he also excelled in the 100 and 400. I can also see him helping the Cardinals in the 4x1 and 4x2 relays. He was on our school record-breaking 4x2 team as well as our school record 4x4 team.
"Whatever events WJU asks him to train for or compete in, he will give his best effort to make sure not to let the team or coaches down," Rogers continued. " He is a hard-working athlete and always wants to do what is best for the team. Wheeling Jesuit is getting a great athlete and a much better person. I am very proud of Kane for what he has accomplished so far and I wish him the best of luck both athletically and academically at WJU."
He's the second BHS track performer who plans to attend Wheeling Jesuit. Teammate Kohl Campbell announced his intentions two weeks ago.
The son of Amy and Patrick Keiser, he plans to major in business management at WJU.