Peru Senior Dan Lennon signs his letter of intent to attend Syracuse University.
The chase is over for stand out cross country runner Dan Lennon. The Peru Central School senior has committed to run for Syracuse University.
Lennon, the number one runner in the state for a class B school, signed his letter of intent in a special ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the school auditorium to attend Syracuse University and run for their cross country team.
“We want to make it clear how proud we are of you,” Peru Athletic Director Larry Ewald said. “Dan is the essence of leadership and he has exemplified leadership in our school.”
Lennon was joined on stage by his parents Dan Sr. and Betsy Lennon, cross country coaches Mike Francia and Alison Provost, and Ewald. Provost said the sky is the limit for Lennon because he is driven, self disciplined and a natural runner.
“He’s fearless, as far as going against top competition, he’s disappointed when they aren’t entered,” Francia said after the conference. “He wants to race against the best people to measure himself and see how far he’s come.”
As Lennon signed his letter of intent, his fellow classmates cheered him on as he continued through the three copies of every form he had to fill out. One student cheered “Just breath Dan, you can do this” from where he and the other members of the senior class sat in the auditorium.
After signing his letters of intent, Lennon addressed his classmates, teachers, coaches and family and thanked everyone for their support and encouragement.
“Thank you for your support in me, it’s meant a lot to have the support of my peers and thank you to my coaches for helping me increase my speed,” Lennon said.
Choosing Syracuse was an easy decision Lennon said, after he had a chance to visit the campus and meet the track team.
Originally Lennon said he was torn among Syracuse, Wisconsin University and SUNY Oneonta. Both Oneonta and Wisconsin have award winning cross country teams and great academic programs but Syracuse had the winning combination. Lennon said it was the mixture of great academic programs and his future team that helped him decide on Syracuse. He plans to major in public policy.
“The classes they had at Syracuse and the prestige of their actual academics made it my ultimate decision and I really loved the team,” Lennon said.
Provost and Francia said though they are loosing their top runner at the end of the year they hope Lennon’s hard work and discipline will inspire up and coming athletes to strive to achieve number one.
“His experience shows other kids if they work hard they can achieve anything,” Provost said.