In for the long run

Waelder track star looks to continue excellence at next level


Waelder long distance runner Miguel Morales inked his letter of intent Wednesday, Feb 12 to run for Concordia University Texas. Morales will run the 1,500-meter race and also cross country for Concordia next season.

The campus environment and development of the programs made deciding to go to Concordia an easy choice for the Waelder native. Concordia is a private, Lutheran university in the northwest Austin area with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students.

“(Concordia’s) very small and it’s a very young program for cross country and track and they’ve achieved well,” Morales said.

While school is important, and Morales said he plans to study business management, he did also set lofty expectations his first year on the cross-country team.

“I do want to go to regionals for cross country,” Morales said.

Morales’ mother and father flanked him at the signing ceremony. Morales translated that his parents were “very happy and they’re sentimental about the ceremony and that I actually made a decision to go to college instead of just staying here and working.”

Morales heaped praise on his parents and a few others that helped him along the path to college.

“My teachers, who pushed me to make this decision and also my girlfriend for also helping me on this journey,” Morales said.


Photo credit: Garrett McGinley

Miguel Morales, surrounded by parents and Waelder ISD administrators, signs his letter of intent to run for Concordia University Texas.