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Ironton’s Reeves to run at Morehead State

Ironton Fighting Tigers senior track standout Pierce Reeves signs a letter-of-intent to run for the Morehead State Golden Eagles. Attending the ceremony were: front row from left, step-father Danny Allen, Pierce, mother Michelle Allen and uncle Scott Greene; standing from left, Ironton boys’ track coach Greg Cronacher, brothers Kirby Allen and Troy Allen and Ironton girls’ track coach and running coach Tim Thomas. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

Pierce Reeves has taken care of one problem after signing a letter-of-intent to run track for the Morehead State Golden Eagles.

With his college choice solved, Reeves now must find a way to fill his time.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers’ senior has played five different sports this school year: football, cross country, hockey, track and baseball. Reeves thinks he can solve this problem as well.

“I’ll pick up a hobby somewhere or I’ll just run more,” said Reeves who runs 40 miles a week as part of his training.

Reeves picked the Eagles’ program over Shawnee State, Tiffin, Ohio Valley College and Adrian College of Adrian, Mich.

“All of them offered me a chunk of money,” said Reeves. “I’ve always wanted to run at a Division I school ever since junior high. Morehead was the only Division I to offer and it was a good offer. It is far enough away I don’t have to depend on my mom.”

Reeves joins fellow teammate Gary Monroe to sign with Morehead State.

The two runners are half of the 4×800 meter relay team along with Adam Stumbo and Dustin Moritz to set a school record in the event.

Reeves also runs the 800, the 1600 and the 3200. He said it doesn’t make much difference what he runs but he does like the relay.

“I like the 4×8 because of the group I’m with,” said Reeves. “I like the 800 because it’s distance and it’s speed. I can run with most guys and I have kick speed.

“I was lucky they took a chance on me. My times are not really Division I, but they’re close enough. They know I can produce once I focus on one sport.”

One thing that keeps Reeves’ motor running his a high-energy personality and a love of the soft drink Mountain Dew. Reeves said he drinks at least two liters a day.

“I have to have it before a race. It’s more of a routine now than anything. But I love my Mountain Dew,” he said.

Reeves said he likes track but admits it’s not his favorite sport.

“All things being equal, I like hockey the best, but Ironton football trumps it all,” said Reeves.

“If it wasn’t for Ironton football, I would pick hockey. Ironton football is different. To be with your teammates and to play in front of the town and have a chance to win a state championship with your friends and classmates is just awesome.”

Pierce is the son of Michelle and Danny Allen of Ironton.