Thursday, June 27, 2013
The fastest kid ever to run cross country at Stratford High School will be a perfect fit at the school he’s chosen to compete for at the next level.
Ross Jordan, a recent Stratford graduate, has inked a scholarship with The Citadel Bulldogs. He will run both cross country and track and field for the Bulldogs.
“He’s a great kid and one of those kids that has earned it,” SHS coach Shane Sutherland said. “He worked hard every day at practice, a lot of the time by himself. He holds most of the significant distance records in Stratford history… he’s the fastest kid that has ever run cross country at Stratford.”
He holds the 3200-meter run school record and was the anchor leg of the 4 x 1600 relay team that set the state record in the Mellow Mushroom Relays in 2012. He was also an integral part of Stratford’s cross country team that finished second in the state in 2011.
This past spring, he was the county champion in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs and set a meet record in the 3200.
The Citadel began to hone in on Jordan during his sophomore season, and it helped that Jordan was in ROTC at Stratford. Jordan was in ROTC for three years.
“The military setting isn’t something that he was going to shy away from,” Sutherland said.
Bulldogs recruiter Kris Kut first saw Jordan at the Berkeley County track and field meet in the spring of 2011. Kut was there looking at other runners and Sutherland pointed him out.
“I told him that in two years (Ross) would be one of the ones he’d be talking to me about,” Sutherland said.
Jordan also had interest from College of Charleston, USC Upstate, Winthrop and others.
“He was always geared toward The Citadel,” Sutherland said. “He wanted to go there. It’s a good fit for him.”
Sutherland said Jordan is aiming to be a starter in both cross country and track and field as a freshman. Another focus is to bring down his 10K time under 31 minutes.
In the most recent Cooper River Bridge Run, he recorded a time of 33:54 to finish 47th overall.
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