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Hill welcomes chance to run at Shawnee St.

Former South Point Pointers’ track standout Keion Dre Hill signed to play at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were: seated left to right, mother Yvonne Hill, father Kenneth Hill, Keion Dre and South Point coach Todd Wells; standing is Shawnee State head coach Eric Putnam. (Photo Submitted)

Former South Point Pointers’ track standout Keion Dre Hill signed to play at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were: seated left to right, mother Yvonne Hill, father Kenneth Hill, Keion Dre and South Point coach Todd Wells; standing is Shawnee State head coach Eric Putnam. (Photo Submitted)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

SOUTH POINT— Opportunity knocked and Keion Dre Hill didn’t open the door.

He ripped it off the hinges.

Given a chance to run track at the college level, the former South Point Pointers’ standout signed a letter-of-intent with Shawnee State University.

Hill moved to Ohio from Virginia and the different eligibility rules costs him his senior season.

But Hill looked past the roadblock in his future plans and continued searching for a college. He made a visit with Pointers’ coach Todd Wells and teammates Trent and Trey Patterson and Stephen Wagoner to Shawnee State to visit the campus and Bears’ coach Eric Putnam.

“(Sitting out the season) set me back, but it was worth it. I’m glad I’m getting another opportunity,” said Hill.

“My coach got hold of them and we all went down there for a college visit and (Putnam) wanted to meet all of us.”

The Patterson brothers and Wagoner all eventually signed with Shawnee State. Hill then followed his friends to become part of the newly formed track program at SSU.

“At the time I was still balancing where I wanted to go to school. It was just a lot praying and trying to find my way. I think that’s where I need to be,” said Hill.

“Having my teammates go there made my decision better. I know people. I was more comfortable making my decision.”

Wells said Hill ran a few races in the open 100 meters and was the team’s best high jumper. However, he had most of his running success in the open 200 and in the 4×100 and 4×400 relay races.

“He only ran his junior year and he has so much potential,” said Wells.

Hill teamed with the Pattersons and Wagoner to qualify for the state meet in 2015 in the 4×100 relay.

“I still want to do the 4×100 and the long jump. I was thinking about getting into the 100 meters more and the 4×400,” said Hill. “As of now, I want to keep (the 4×100 and high jump). I feel those are my strong suit.”

Regardless of where Putnam and his staff use Hill, he’s open to anything that comes his way.

“I think my opportunity will be good. I don’t know where they want me to be. I think they feel there’s a lot things I can do. I can’t wait to get there and get started,” said Hill.