Recent Loudoun Valley High School graduate Drew Hunter has been setting records for years, and now he’s got another—youngest male distance runner to sign a professional contract.
Hunter decided to put his plans to run at Oregon University on hold and sign a 10-year contract with Adidas—a contract that includes money for college, reports track news website Flotrack.
The 18-year-old running phenomenon has not yet replied to a phone message asking for comment.
Hunter will take a gap year, but his father told the Washington Post that he would not have taken the deal if it hadn’t been for the college tuition. He will continue to train with his coach, Idaho-based Tom Schwartz, from his home in Purcellville.
The news follows a year in which Hunter broke the high school records for the indoor mile, the 3,000-meter run, and joined Heritage High School runner Weini Kelati in being the first athletes from the same county to win both the men’s and women’s categories in the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. He was also named the 2015-16 Gatorade Virginia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.