West Harrison Track and Field: Alexis Morris signs with Southern Miss
One local track and field star didn’t get to finish what she started as a senior, but she still gets the chance to start and finish something new at the next level.
This afternoon, West Harrison’s Alexis Morris held her signing day ceremony from the comfort of her own home, exactly one week after she officially signed a national letter of intent with Southern Miss.
Morris had a handful of four-year schools to pick from, but says USM was a no-brainer when she got the offer two weeks ago.
A three-time state champion, Morris was a part of West Harrison’s 5A title as a team during her freshman year before taking home back-to-back individual crowns in discus as a sophomore and junior.
In fact, Morris can’t remember the last time she didn’t place first, guessing it was during the 2017 season. “My rings, well, it wouldn’t all be possible without God, my family, my coaches and my friends and my support. Well, the rings to me just, it was a blessing because my first year I never would’ve thought that I would be standing on a podium, so it’s just a blessing.”
West Harrison Head Track and Field Coach Chad Noflin said, “You can win most meets just getting to 100. She’s expanded that by a long shot. She destroys records and really shatters a lot of people’s confidence and people are scared when she shows up to meets. As a coach, it’s automatic for me. I expect first place and that’s what she does. I don’t have to check, I just know it’s going to happen.”
Morris wasn’t able to finish her senior season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but at the time it was canceled she led the entire state regardless of classification with a long throw of 122 feet.