STAUNTON — It took some time, but Iyon Oravitz said he’s made the right decision on where to continue his education.
After a stellar senior year, the recent Robert E. Lee graduate will continue his academic and athletic career at Division II Virginia Union University in Richmond.
Oravitz, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Group 2A state meet in June, had been mulling over the decision for a while. He considered Concord University, also a D2 school, or maybe walking on to the track team at Virginia Tech, but he made Virginia Union the choice two weeks ago.
“I wanted to go where I could improve and build on what I’ve accomplished,” he said. “Plus, they offered me a little more money. It was a good choice.”
Oravitz also was impressed with the Panthers’ program under head coach Wilbert Johnson.
“It’s a pretty solid program,” Oravitz said. “[Robinson] said that they have a good recruiting class coming in, and their 4×100 team came close to a national championship, so that’s exciting.”
His new coach is also pretty excited about having Oravitz joining his program.
“I knew Iyon would be a great fit for our program, without a doubt,” Johnson said. “He runs a lot of events, and what can you say about a state champion? I’ve been keeping an eye on him for a while, watching what he was doing, and it got to the point when I knew we had to have him here.”
After winning the 2A 400-meter dash at the end of his junior year, Oravitz began his senior year with an outstanding football season, winning first-team All-City/County honors as a defensive back. He ran indoor track, where he won the 1A/2A 300-meter dash state championship, then went on to cap his prep career with the 100 and 200 crowns.
Now Oravitz moves on to Virginia Union and new challenges, but he’ll be thinking of home while he’s there.
“It’s nice to be going to college,” he said. “It’s going to be tough not seeing my family every day, but I’m ready.”