State runner-up in long jump
now bound to be a Boilermaker
By Justin Sokeland
Bedford North Lawrence senior Matt Garrison officially became a Boilermaker on Monday afternoon.
Garrison, last year’s state runner-up in the long jump, signed his national letter of intent to run track for Purdue University. He plans to major in civil engineering.
“It’s really the only visit I went on, and all it took was one visit,” Garrison said after autographing the valuable piece of paper. “It’s a great school athletically and academically.”
Garrison finished second with a jump in 23-2 ¼ in the state finals at Indiana University in June, just three inches behind Eastern (Greentown) senior Grant Cole. Garrison is now setting his sights on the state finals record of 24-7 ¾, set by Kokomo’s Frank Young in 1995.
“I’m working my butt off to get there,” he said.
Garrison’s versatility could make him a valuable addition to the Purdue program. He also runs sprints and relays, and that could lead him to becoming a decathlete in college. The decathlon, a combination of 10 different events, is not part of high school competition.
Garrison is currently averaging 9.9 points per game (and shooting 64.8 percent) for the basketball team.