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Niceville's Davis, Ewing ink collegiate futures

May 8, 2014

By Brandon Walker, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach



May 08--NICEVILLE -- Jamie LaFollette just shook his head and smiled.

When asked about the last five days enjoyed by his program, Niceville's first-year track & field coach couldn't hide his excitement.

"It's been an incredible week," said LaFollette. "First the state championship in the 4-by-8, and then this."

LaFollette was referring to Niceville's recent state championship in the 4x800-meter relay and to the fact that two more Eagle distance runners signed on Wednesday to continue their running careers at the collegiate level.

Tripp Davis, a member of the winning relay team, signed to run at The Citadel while Caden Ewing, a multi-purpose runner who served as an alternate at state, signed with Troy.

"These two guys work really hard," said LaFollette. "Both have dropped about nine, 10 seconds off their time, and both are just great kids."

Ewing, who ran everything from 400-meters to the two-mile run for Niceville this season, will continue his running at Troy, becoming the third member of Niceville's track team to sign a Division I scholarship this season.

"The coach at Troy showed a lot of interest, and I've got friends up there," said Ewing. "I can't say enough about my teammates at Niceville. They have been everything to me, and they've helped me feel like I belong."

Ewing, an alternate on the championship relay team, filled in for an injured Davis at regionals and helped the team continue its winning ways.

Davis, meanwhile, finished off his prep career with the state title win, and then signed his scholarship papers four days later.

"It has been a fantastic end to my senior year," said Davis. "I couldn't ask for a better way to go out."

Originally from South Carolina, Davis will return to the Palmetto State for college at The Citadel, where hopes to launch a career in the military.

"I decided a year ago that I didn't want a traditional college experience, I wanted a military education," said Davis. "So when The Citadel offered a scholarship to keep running, it was an easy decision."

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