“With the selection of these two remarkable student-athletes, our Foundation will be contributing $30,000 in scholarship support this year to six local runners who are now attending college in the state of Texas,” stated Wade Morehead, Executive Director of the Houston Marathon Foundation and Committee. “It is truly inspiring to read the applications and essays from local high school students who credit running for the profound impact it has made on their grades, achievements, and relationships. The mental toughness needed to be a long-distance runner is applied daily by these students to achieve their goals in all aspects of their lives. We are honored to support them.”
Robert “Will” Lord who has participated in the Chevron Houston Marathon six times and the Aramco Houston Half Marathon four times, is a lifelong runner with a true love of the sport. Lord, ran his first half marathon at seven years old with his father and his first full marathon at age twelve. He hasn’t missed an event and doesn’t plan to moving forward. Lord hopes to be the youngest legacy runner (10 events completed) ever in the Houston Marathon. In addition to the hours spent training, he is also a dedicated student who graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Lord will be attending Southwestern University where he will run Cross Country and Track.
“Will Lord is an outstanding young man,” said William Fairhurst, former cross country coach at George Ranch HS. “What separates Will from most individuals you meet today is his heart. Not only is he gifted and trained in the ways of running, but he is also kind and passionate.” William Fairhurst, former Cross Country Coach at George Ranch High School.
Bayli Luke graduated 20th out of 869 students and was a 4.0 GPA student leader who was also a varsity member and captain of the soccer, track, and cross country teams, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Luke will be attending Concordia University Texas, to study pediatric medicine, where she will also run Track and play Soccer.
"It was a pleasure to coach and mentor Bayli Luke, both as an athlete and a person,” said Cypress Fall Cross Country coach Dave Rainey. “Bayli can cause a spark in those around her with her smile and her expression of encouragement. Her positive outlook on life and the people she surrounds herself with and her approach to the task at hand makes her a capable young lady. No doubt Bayli will leave footprints behind for others to follow because she has shown the way.”
Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship Past Recipients:
Chris Winske (Morton Ranch High School, University of Incarnate Word)
Laine Zizka (James E. Taylor High School, Texas Christian University)
Abigail Smith (Seven Lakes High School, Baylor University)
Nicolas Terrazas (Stratford High School, Rice University)
Bayli Luke (Cypress Falls High School, Concordia University Texas)
Robert “Will” Lord (George Ranch High School, Southwestern University)
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