In mid-October of 2019, Texas secured the commitment of arguably the best middle-distance runner in the state of Texas. Graydon Morris, from Aledo, announced his intention to run track for the University of Texas for the next four years.
“I chose UT because I wanted a coach and team that I felt comfortable around and that I could trust. I know a lot of the guys that are on the team already, and from my first phone call with Watson, I noticed this calm and humble demeanor. He was very straight forward In the recruiting process, and there was a genuineness that allowed for that trust to instantly start building,” Morris explained.
Graydon Morris and his sister, Gracie Morris, are both committed to the Longhorn Track and Field Program for 2020. They are both middle-distance runners and they are both some of the best in the state.
In the case of Graydon, he has been historic in his high school track and field career. He has won multiple state championships and won the 1600 and 3200 meters as a sophomore in 5A. As a junior he won the 1600 meter run.
In 2020, before COVID-19 shut the end of the year down, Morris had gone undefeated. He’s only lost a handful of races in his high school career.
“The love for this sport drives me. Many people hate training, allowing the end goal to drive them and get them through the monotony leading up to the competition. I would lie if I said I didn’t always have the main goal in the back of my mind, but I enjoy putting in the work and seeing the improvements,” Morris said. “There is an excitement that surrounds training for me. It keeps it fun, and I think that’s one of the biggest driving forces to my success.”
After losing out on his senior season at Aledo, Morris is focused on beginning his collegiate career.
“I’m most excited about getting to put in work with my new team, try different events from what I was running in high school, and wearing the Longhorn across my chest on race day, Morris said.
While Morris is known primarily for the 800,1600 and 3200 meters, he loves further distances even more. Along with his illustrious track and field record, he is a three-time state champion in cross country.
“Currently my favorite event is the 5,000 meters. I love this race because it is so tactically heavy. Your mind is constantly observing and speculating. Should I cover this move? When is the best time to start applying pressure? Does my competitor’s breathing pattern suggest he is getting close to his limits? The sheer thought that can go into this race really draws me to it,” Morris explained.
Graydon and his sister Gracie are the most dominant set of siblings to walk onto the track. Together, they will hold down the track and distance events for the Longhorns for the foreseeable future.
“It’s truly incredible for me and Gracie to share this common interest. I believe it strengthens our relationship and allows us to also drive and push each other every day. For us to both get to represent the same university is really special, especially because so many told us that it was very unlikely to happen,” Morris said.
Gracie and Graydon will arrive at UT this upcoming year. Graydon wants fans to know a few things about him before everyone knows his name.
“I’m a pretty quiet and somewhat shy person at first, but once you get to know me I really open up. I also love art,” Morris said.
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