Troy Hickom was the first, as he recently signed with the Clayton State Lakers.
“It feels good, knowing that I will be attending Reinhardt University, a college that stresses both athletics and academics,” said Herrera following the signing ceremony that took place inside Cartersville High School’’s media center.
The Canes’ senior plans to major in biology and math while attending classes at Reinhardt.
As a freshman, Herrera was adamant that cross-country was a foreign subject coach David Matherne wanted him to study when he was asked to join the team.
“He [Roger] had been playing soccer when coach Roger Lowe urged me to recruit him for cross-country,” Matherne said. “When I did, Roger just looked at me not knowing what to say.”
The soft-spoken student athlete then let his athletic ability do the talking for him.
Herrera, 18, has been the team’s No. 1 cross-country runner the past three years.
This season, he placed second at region, 10th at state. Herrera’s personal best of 16:51 places him in a seventh place tie with Troy Hickom’s brother, Tyler, for having the best time in the school’s history.
“He [Roger] is a great student and has a great work ethic when it comes to running,” said Jordan Turner, Reinhardt University’s head cross-country coach, who attended the signing ceremony.
“These are the two major attributes that we look for in a student-athlete before we offer any type of scholarship,” Turner said.