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Patterson brothers will take a run at SSU track

 

South Point Pointers’ Trent and Trey Patterson signed letters of intent on Thursday to run track at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were: sitting from left to right, South Point head coach Todd Wells, Trent Patterson, mother Melanee Howard and Trey Patterson; standing is Shawnee State head coach Eric Putnam. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

South Point Pointers’ Trent and Trey Patterson signed letters of intent on Thursday to run track at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were: sitting from left to right, South Point head coach Todd Wells, Trent Patterson, mother Melanee Howard and Trey Patterson; standing is Shawnee State head coach Eric Putnam. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

SOUTH POINT — It turned out to be a two-for-one sale.

When Shawnee State Bears’ coach Eric Putnam began putting together the blueprints for the new track program he knew there would be plenty of spots to fill.

Putnam filled two at once by signing South Point Pointers’ senior track standouts Trent and Trey Patterson on Thursday.

The Patterson brothers will be on the ground floor of a groundbreaking track and field program.

Track has been a club sport for 12 years at Shawnee State but head coach Eric Putnam — who coaches a highly successful cross country program — is expanding the program for both women and men.

“We’ve been asked by the university to expand track and add some people for next year. Our indoor has always been a club sport. Next year it’ll be varsity for the first time ever and we’re excited about that.”

Putnam said the brothers are tentatively penciled in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Regardless of the event, Putnam said they are in the plans from the start.

“They’ll contribute right away,” said Putnam.

“We’ve been asked by the university to expand track and add some people for next year. Our indoor has always been a club sport. Next year it’ll be varsity for the first time ever and we’re excited about that.”

Getting to attend the same school and participate on the same track team prove to be a dream come true for the brothers who were born just 11 minutes apart.

“Three or four months ago we weren’t sure what was going to happen and then something popped up. My (South Point) coach (Todd Wells) called us single-handedly looking for us and he had our names written down and we went on one visit and just fell in love with the school, the coach. I’m just ready to for it honestly,” said Trent.

“I kind of did think about it. I mean, that’s my brother and two weeks is the longest I’ve ever been without him so I honestly don’t know what I would do without him. He’s like my best friend.”

His brother had similar feelings.

“It kind of came out of nowhere honestly, but I kind of like the fact my brother is going with me and he’s in the dorm with me. It’s someone I already know and don’t have to get used to,” said Trey.

The close-knit bond between the brothers has been with them their entire lives in everything they do, not just running track.

“I love having him there with me. (We’re in contact) 24/7 everyday. I talk to him a lot. I really do,” said Trey.

Trent echoed those sentiments.

“I have a job at Taco Bell and (Trey) has a job right next door at Arby’s. We sleep in the same room. The longest we’ve ever been apart is maybe two weeks when he was born,” said Trent.

As for running at Shawnee State, the brothers are happy to get a chance to continue their careers.

“Last year was my first year in track and I fell in love with it. It was something I really enjoyed doing. It didn’t really come out of the blue. I knew last year it was something I really wanted to do,” said Trey.

“I feel really good about it.,” said Trent. “I’m kind of nervous, but it’s something I can push myself to do and work hard at it and pray about it. I’m ready to compete at the next level.”

Both brothers plan to major in Entrepreneurship.

“I want to do that. It’s been my mom’s dream, too, to open her own restaurant and I kind of want to make that come true for her,” said Trey.

Trent was on the same page with his brother.

“We’re a real close family,” said Trent.

Trent and Trey are the sons of Melanee Howard.