LAURINBURG — A pair of Scotland High products will remain in Laurinburg for their collegiate careers.
With their families looking on, Cedric Terry and John Holloway signed their letters of intent to St. Andrews University Friday morning.
Terry, an all-Southeastern Conference track athlete, and Holloway, an all-conference performer in track and cross country, will join a Knights program coached by Bill Cason.
“It’s great getting local kids to stay at home and run for St. Andrews,” Cason said. “We’re just trying to get better year by year and show kids it’s a good place to come.”
Terry was part of Scotland’s record-setting 4×100 meter relay team that raced to a Southeastern Conference title and a second-place finish at the 4A state championships in Greensboro.
The four-member team that included Terry, Robert McKoy, Quadrin Williams and Zamir White won the SEC meet with a time of 41.80. In the 4A East Regional meet, the Scots outlasted conference rival Hoke to win in 42.49.
In the state championships, Scotland scored the silver medal with a time of 42.03, finishing behind Mallard Creek’s 41.44.
Terry was also a state qualifier in the 100 meters, finishing first in the East Regional and SEC meets. His time of 10.71 in the regional meet was a career best.
“Cedric is a sprinter and his best time in the 100 meters is a NAIA national qualifier so we have high hopes for him,” Cason said.
Scotland track and field coach Keith Wood said Terry’s efforts to improve before the year paid off because he was not initially perceived as one of Scotland’s top sprinters. As a sophomore, Terry’s best 100-meter time was 11.84 and as a junior it was 11.54.
“He really had a great offseason and worked his tail off,” Wood said. “That way, he could contribute to us this year.”
Terry said he hopes to run the 100 and 200 meter at St. Andrews along with the 4×100.
Academics and the location played a factor in Terry’s choice to join the Knights. He added that he is looking forward to bringing championships to an up-and-coming track program, but will miss the relationships he’s built with his former teammates.
“I’m going to miss the people and the team, especially my 4×100 team,” Terry said. “We love each other, and now we’re going our separate ways. It’s going to be tough.”
Whereas Terry specialized in sprinting, Holloway excelled as a distance runner.
Holloway, along with teammates Logan Ward, Jared Torgerson and Kytel Collins-Jackson, earned all-SEC honors in cross country after the senior-laden team finished second behind Pinecrest in the conference meet.
Holloway finished fourth at the SEC championships, running the 5K race in a time of 17:58 to qualify for the 4A East Regionals. His best recorded time this season was 17.49, an almost one second improvement from his time of 18:45 as a freshman.
Cason said he covets Holloway’s steady production — the senior competed in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races this spring at the SEC track meet, finishing fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Holloway said he signed with St. Andrews because he felt comfortable around Cason and he is eager to begin running for his new team. The camaraderie he developed with his fellow runners off the track is what he will cherish most about his old one.
“I’m going to miss the team,” Holloway said. “The bus rides going there and coming back.”
Wood said both Terry and Holloway are going to be difficult to replace next season because they set a positive example for younger runners.
“I think both of them are really hard workers and they’re going to do anything they can to help the team,” Wood said. “Their hard work, their character — it’s an intricate part of who they are and always wanting to do the right thing.”
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.