Durrett picks Young Harris College, Ward signs with Central Georgia Technical College
Two seniors from the Jones County crosscountry team have signed to continue running in college.
Hayden Durrett signed with Young Harris College and Logan Ward signed with Central Georgia Technical College in a ceremony at Chevy’s Pizza last Wednesday. “We’re really proud of
“We’re really proud of these two guys,” Jones County coach Geoff Moore said. “I’m not certain, but they may be the first two guys we’ve had to sign with a college. We’ve had some girls in recent years, but they are the first guys.
“Two years ago, neither of them probably thought this would happen. But they listened to their coach, worked hard and focused on what they needed to do to market themselves to the colleges,” he added.
“Colleges are out there looking for athletes in sports that don’t get the recognition of football and basketball or a few others. If it is something you want and you work at it and do the work in the classroom, you can get a scholarship to help pay for college.”
Ward said he wasn’t even planning to go to college until the opportunity came to sign with Central Georgia Tech.
“I was just going to go to work with my dad,” he said. “I’m still planning to do that, but now I’ll get an associate degree in accounting and be able to help out more with his business.”
Durrett said he began thinking about signing in cross-country a couple of years ago when Moore told him it was a possibility.
“I looked at a few schools, but they were not quite the right ones. Then Young Harris coach Barry Brown reached out and I visited. I liked the area up there in the mountains and the feel of the smaller campus. And coach Brown seemed nice and to really care about his runners, so I think it will be a good place.”
Durrett said he plans to major in business and religious studies with the idea of one day working in missions or for some non-profit organization.
“I’d like to do something where I’ll have a chance to travel,” he said.
Both said they began running cross-country more as a way to stay fit and enjoy their friends in high school than as a plan to help pay for college.
“My first couple of years on the team I was just socializing,” Durrett said. “But after coach Moore told me what was possible, I began training harder my junior year. Now I’m glad I did.”
“If I hadn’t started cross-country, I’d probably have just sat at home and played video games when I wasn’t at school or working,” he said. “Now I have more possibilities.”