By Travis Volz
A race that started years ago will continue in college for Patrick Neill, who signed as a runner with the Lindenwood University-Belleville cross country and track teams in a signing ceremony held last month.
Neill said he ran his first race before he was middle school, and he has been running competitively ever since.
“I ran a 5K with my dad when is was in fourth grade I think,” Neill said. “I ran in middle school and have done cross country and track throughout high school.”
He has seen quite a bit of success at the high school level in both cross country and track. He was part of the 3,200-meter relay team that qualified for state last spring, and he was a key member of Nashville’s cross country teams that qualified for state the last two years.
Neill says he had one of his most memorable moments last fall at the IHSA State Final cross country meet.
“We made it to state my junior year, and we didn’t run our best race,” he said. “We all had high hopes for this year, and we ended up beating our personal records, so it was a little redemption for us.”
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Patrick Neill recently signed with the Lindenwood University-Belleville cross country and track squads. With him at the signing ceremony are sister Jordan Neill (seated, left) and mother Susan Neill (seated, right). Back row, from left: Nashville track coach Tom Taylor and Nashville cross country coach Jean Orr.