May 26, 1999
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s track and field roster got a huge boost today when Prentice Stovall signed a National Letter-of- Intent to compete for the Boilermakers. Stovall, a senior hurdler from Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson High School), currently ranks first in the state in both the 110 (14.09) and 300 hurdles (37.71).
“We are very excited to sign Prentice,” Purdue assistant coach Lissa Olson says. “He is one of the best this state has to offer, and he is as good a kid off the track as he is on it. We think he has a very bright future ahead of him as a Boilermaker.”
Stovall’s accomplishments on the track are many. He was the IHSAA state champion in the 300 hurdles in 1998 and has won North Central Conference titles in both hurdles event for the last three years. He was the 1998 regional champion in the 110 hurdles and set sectional records in both events this season. He has placed first in every meet this year, including the Bomber Boiler Relays and Portage Relays, where he set a meet record in the 110 hurdles. He set the school record in the 110 at the conference championship meet.
A three-year co-captain, Stovall is also a leader in the classroom, school and community. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Activity Guild. He is listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and received the Benjamin E. Mays Academic Excellence Award for Scholarship and Leadership. In addition, Stovall was elected Homecoming King by the Jefferson High School staff and student body.
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