Times Staff Report
January 31, 2013
BAXTER - The Alice Lloyd College Eagles Cross Country program has signed another elite runner for the upcoming 2013 season.
ALC’s Director of Athletics and Cross Country Coach, Gary D. Stepp, traveled to Harlan County on Monday and signed Harlan County High School senior Donovan Johnson.
Johnson was one of the standouts in his region this season. During his career, Johnson was able to lead his club to two consecutive appearances in the State Cross Country Meet. Individually, he is a two-time qualifier for the KHSAA State Tournament. He was also selected for the All-A Area 9 State Cross Country Team and named the “Top Senior” in Class 2A, Region 7.
The Eagles are very excited to add his name to the roster.
In response to what prompted him to choose Alice Lloyd College, Johnson said, “I liked the fact that it’s close to home, and it’s affordable. The place reminds me of home. ALC is a good school with a great reputation. And I can go there and do something that I love to do — run!”
He added, “I plan on getting a bachelor’s degree in biology. One day, I hope to be a doctor.”
When asked about his expectations after announcing his college decision, the straight-talking Johnson replied, “I expect the College to give me everything I give it.”
After the signing, a proud and excited Coach Stepp said, “I am very pleased to have signed Donovan Johnson to a letter of intent. He’s a very hard worker. He’s made steady improvement over the course of the season. His times have only gotten better the more he has run. I believe that he has great potential to develop as a runner in this league.”
Stepp concluded, “He’s a good student, too. He takes his class work seriously. That’s very important to us at ALC. Donovan is a perfect fit for our school.”