Kael Fineout wasn’t too fond about giving running another shot a few years ago.
The Okemos senior now realizes he made the correct choice.
Fineout has been a key contributor on CAAC Blue championship cross country and track teams for the Chiefs and recently decided to continue his running career at Michigan State.
“It’s kind of like home for me and I know a few people on the team,” Fineout said. “It will be an easy transition for me.”
Fineout may never have accomplished his goal of competing in a sport at the college level had he not made the tough decision as a sophomore to resume running. It took some convincing from others and also the realization he didn’t have a college future as a diver or playing tennis.
“I wasn’t that great at tennis or diving and I really wanted to compete at the collegiate level for the sport I was in,” Fineout said. “I knew I was already pretty good at running from middle school so I decided to try it again.”
Since his return to running, Fineout has set individual school records in the 3,200, 1,600 and the 800 runs. This spring he has the area’s top 800 time (1:55.67) and is part of the Okemos 1,600 relay team that ranks third in the latest Greater Lansing Honor Roll track and field listing.
As his high school running career is nears completion, Fineout hopes to lower his times in 800 and 1,600 and help the Chiefs repeat as CAAC Blue champions.
“I think winning the league would be a huge victory for Okemos and also winning regionals, which I think we can do,” Fineout said.
“I think (a Blue title) would make a statement that Okemos is really getting good in both cross country and track.”
Fineout is among a number of mid-Michigan seniors that have recently made college decisions.
Others include Carson City-Crystal’s Mikayla Duflo, Perry’s Chasity Potter and Morrice’s Courtney Wolf, who have signed to play basketball at Lansing Community College.
• • Grand Ledge’s Cassell Jones will continue his basketball career at Northwood.
•Haslett had three members of its baseball team recently sign with GLIAC schools. Trace Woodworth signed to play at Saginaw Valley, Zach Berry is headed to Grand Valley and Thomas Johnston will play at Northwood.
•Perry’s Abigael Brenke signed last month to play volleyball at the Florida Institute of Technology.
•Okemos golfer Sydney Williams will continue her career at Loyola University New Orleans.
• • Okemos’ Sam Horton has signed with Detroit for lacrosse.
•Lansing Christian’s Rachelle Trafford signed with Spring Arbor for soccer.
•Mason’s Kaitlin Houghton will play softball st Spring Arbor.
•Waverly’s Abigail Neeley recently signed with Ursuline (Ohio) College to play lacrosse.
•St. Johns’ Chase Brocker has signed to play basketball at Olivet.
•Mason’s Harry Kinney will play baseball at Lansing Community College.
•Okemos’ Catherine Wingrove will play tennis at Hope.