Two CSI runners stick together for next collegiate career

Published: Feb. 11, 2019 at 10:42 PM MST
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Last week three women from the College of Southern Idaho cross country team signed their national letters of intent. Monday it was the men's turn, and KMVT’s Morgan Rumpf attended the ceremony.

Surrounded by teammates Zac Montoya and Ezekiel Stelzer signed their national letters of intent to continue their running careers at Southern Oregon University.

"I really liked the school, the environment, and it's also a school I'm going to be able to go at and compete at the top level and they are a really great program in the NAIA division and competing at the national level every year," said Ezekiel.

Minico High School native Zac Montoya hopes to motivate others to continue their running careers.

"The coolest thing is just seeing people I competed with in high school that are still in high school and just them reaching out to me and trying to lead by example and inspire them to give them hope to keep going and continue on after this,” Zac said. “To hopefully market CSI to them about a good program because it's a great program for locals."

Their coach, Lindsey Anderson couldn't be happier with their future.

"One of the things I want them to take away is if they buy into any program, it doesn't matter where it's at then they can keep getting better and get excited about what their opportunities are there," Anderson said.

The two, who are currently roommates are excited the stars aligned and their moving on together.

"If I had to go somewhere with somebody it would be Zeke. I think he makes me a better person and a better athlete. So I'm excited to get to stick with him for at least another two years," Zac said.

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