Peru The chase is over for stand out cross country runner Dan Lennon. The Peru Central School senior has committed to run for Syracuse University.
Lennon, the number one runner in the state for a class B school, signed his letter of intent in a special ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the school auditorium to attend Syracuse University and run for their cross country team.
“We want to make it clear how proud we are of you,” Peru Athletic Director Larry Ewald said. “Dan is the essence of leadership and he has exemplified leadership in our school.”
Lennon was joined on stage by his parents Dan Sr. and Betsy Lennon, cross country coaches Mike Francia and Alison Provost, and Ewald. Provost said the sky is the limit for Lennon because he is driven, self disciplined and a natural runner.
“He’s fearless, as far as going against top competition, he’s disappointed when they aren’t entered,” Francia said after the conference. “He wants to race against the best people to measure himself and see how far he’s come.”
As Lennon signed his letter of intent, his fellow classmates cheered him on as he continued through the three copies of every form he had to fill out. One student cheered “Just breath Dan, you can do this” from where he and the other members of the senior class sat in the auditorium.
After signing his letters of intent, Lennon addressed his classmates, teachers, coaches and family and thanked everyone for their support and encouragement.
“Thank you for your support in me, it’s meant a lot to have the support of my peers and thank you to my coaches for helping me increase my speed,” Lennon said.
Choosing Syracuse was an easy decision Lennon said, after he had a chance to visit the campus and meet the track team.