By Mike Deak
AKRON – His name was built for the sport, and the sport he will continue.
Tippecanoe Valley High School senior Chase Miller has chosen to continue his running career, in both cross country and track, at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne. He announced his decision Wednesday in a ceremony at the high school.
Miller, as with all of the athletes in 2019-20, did not have a spring sports season, so his track career sample sizes are limited to sophomore and freshman totals. He did compete on the Valley cross country team last fall.
As a senior in cross country, Miller had times of 19:15 at the Manchester Sectional and 19:43 at the Logansport Regional. Earlier in the season, Miller ran a 19:49 at the Three Rivers Conference Championships.
As a sophomore in track, Miller helped the Valley 4×800 relay to an eighth place finish at the Plymouth Sectional, as well as running a 2:23.34 to finish 13th in the 800 dash.
Seated with Chase are parents Kim and Blake Miller. In the middle row are Tippecanoe Valley track coach Jen Moriarty, Chesnee Miller, Chaney Miller and Tippecanoe Valley cross country head coach Mike Inglehearn. In the back row are St. Francis director of cross country and track and field Kyle Allison and St. Francis head coach Corey Birchmeier.