On Wednesday April 26th, the theater was overflowing with people, not to watch a play, but to support the runners at a college signing. This wasn't just a typical scholarship signing, with seven students being honored it was the first time that all of the recipients were signing to Division 1 or Division 2 schools, with the largest number of runners signing in the history of Eastwood.
The first scholarship was awarded to senior Alexus Ordaz. It was an athletic scholarship given for cross country to Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX.
The second and third scholarships were awarded to seniors Daniela Ruiz and Sam Martinez, who signed to El Paso Community College for cross country. They received full rides for both their academic and athletic success.
Seniors Dylan Godfrey and James McLain both signed to New Mexico State University, and were awarded full ride athletic scholarships for cross country, as well as academic scholarships for their educational pursuits.
Senior Daniel Bernal signed to Furman University in Greenville, SC, receiving a full ride athletic and academic scholarship, for his achievements in cross country and school.
Senior Austin McBane signed to Louisiana Monroe in Monroe, LA. He was awarded a full ride academic scholarship, as well as an athletic scholarship for track.
The support from both family and friends was at an all time high for the runners who were signing. The theatre was not only filled with family and friends, but with teachers and students who heard about the achievements of the cross country and track team.
Track and cross country coach Michael McLain said that the running programs aren't just about winning meets or earning medals, but providing an opportunity for students to advance in their academic career.
"I think that the programs are not here just to win," McLain said. "One purpose is we want to make sure that if a kid wants to work hard, they have a place. Another purpose is to provide kids with opportunities after high school if they want to advance."