By MIKE DEAK
SYRACUSE – Jordan Grindle doesn’t have a senior year résumé to send out, but does have the fast track to a school, Trine University. The Wawasee High School sprinter made enough of an impression as a junior and in workouts to earn a National Letter of Intent to join the Thunder track program.
“Coach (Josh) Fletcher along with the other recruiting efforts really drew me into committing to Trine,” noted Grindle. “They showed the most interest in me, I love the campus, especially the indoor track, and overall, I just feel like Trine is the best option for me.“
Grindle has two years of track experience for Wawasee, running as a sophomore and junior in sprint events. Grindle also was a four-year participant in football. Along with the recruiting efforts from the Trine coaching staff, a little help from a classmate, Ethan Garza, surely helped.
Grindle led into his lost senior with, “It sucks, it really does. This year would have been amazing we had plenty of new athletes along with Ethan Garza, and we could have done some damage on the 4×100 relay along with the 100 dash.”
Grindle’s senior year on the gridiron had the defensive back record eight solo tackles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.
In the classroom, Grindle carries a 7.67 GPA (on a 12 scale) and is ranked 87th in his class.
He did not offer on a major of study, but noted, “I was thinking civil engineering but I’ve kinda steered away from that. I’m just gonna have to see how college goes, and I believe by the end of freshman year, I will have a decision on my major.”
Trine, a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, recently finished first at the MIAA Indoor Championships in February. The program also won the Alumni Open and finished second at the DePauw and Snow Day Invites earlier this year.