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Crater's Tripp Chooses to Continue Cross Country Career at Linfield

Thanks to its great music and education program, Derek Tripp, an aspiring choir director and standout Crater cross country runner, decided to attend college at Linfield.

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Jan. 25, 2018 12:06 AM

CENTRAL POINT -- Derek Tripp became the second Crater cross country runner to announce where he will be attending school in the Fall, signing his letter of intent with Linfield College Wednesday afternoon. He joins Andy Monroe, who signed with Stanford shortly after the cross country season ended. 

Linfield is an NCAA Division-III program located in McMinniville, Oregon.

Tripp was among Crater's best runners on one of the top high school cross country teams in the nation. He won the Hidden Valley Invitational in October with a winning time of 16:25. He said the decision largely came down to the education he would be able to receive at Linfield. 

"I wanted to go to Linfield, because they have a really good music and teaching program that is really going to open my eyes to a whole new world of learning," Tripp said, "It also helps they have a really great coach, Mike Blackmore, who's really helped me in the decision to be a Linfield Wildcat." 

Crater won a 5A state title in cross country and have several other runners who still need to make their college decisions. Newswatch 12 will have news on those signings as they happen.

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