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The next step

PV’s Miller goes the distance, signs with JSU; White Plains vaulter Moore signs with Montevallo

Pleasant Valley's Matisse Miller gets a ride from his teammates Monday after signing to run cross-country at Jacksonville State.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE — When Matisse Miller first took an interest in running track he saw himself as a sprinter. That lasted all of one practice.

It was with Pleasant Valley’s new indoor track program his freshman year and Miller wanted to run the 60, 200 and 400. His first run against the stopwatch convinced Raiders coach Brad Hood “he’s not a 60 guy.”

But as Hood later watched Miller train he noticed a consistency in his laps that would serve him well at the longer distances. Hood put him in the mile in a meet and Miller held his own against teams from bigger classifications.

Both coach and runner were hooked on the distances from that point and as Hood said Monday “it’s been nothing but positives coming from him.”

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