April 20, 2017 07:05 PM
(ABC 6 News) – When thinking about sports at Rushford-Peterson high school, one of the first names which may come up is senior Noah Carlson, he’s a star in football, basketball, and track and field—on Thursday, Carlson was acknowledged in a big way for his athletic accomplishments.
Carlson signed his national letter of intent at the high school Thursday afternoon. He’ll be competing in track and field at the University of Michigan next year. “It’s a big weight lifted off of my shoulders,” Carlson said. “I really feel confident in my decision. I’m really happy with my decision.”
Competing at the division-one level has always been a dream of Carlson’s, but he said he never imagined that dream coming true. “I was just a kid in high school doing sports, competing to do my best,” Carlson said. “I had these opportunities come up, and it’s just a great feeling.”
Carlson said his decision came down to Michigan or Minnesota, saying he liked the facilities and coaches at both schools, but felt he had a better relationship with the staff in Ann Arbor. “The coaching staff, I developed a great relationship with them,” Carlson said. “They came to a few of my basketball games last year and it’s a good relationship.”
In 2016, Carlson was the Class A 200-meter dash and long jump champion, helping lead the Trojans to the Class A boys track and field team title. “I’m really more team-oriented,” Carlson said. “Track and field, I can compete, and I feel I can do a lot to help my team at the division one-level.”
After rushing for 2,785 yards and scoring 41 touchdowns while leading the Trojans to the Class A state championship game, Carlson was named the Associated Press’ state football player of the year.
Carlson said though he doesn’t plan on trying to play football at Michigan. "I've seen what football does to people's bodies,” Carlson said. “My grandpa played division-one football and his body is all torn up. I've had two injuries in football too, so I kind of want to preserve myself a little bit. Two sports at the division one level is a little too much for me to handle, as well as academics, and possibly a job."
Carlson said he will primarily focus on the long jump early in his collegiate track and field career, and could possibly transition to Michigan’s relay team or a 200-meter dash runner by the end of his run in Ann Arbor.
Updated: April 20, 2017 07:05 PM
Created: April 20, 2017 06:58 PM
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