By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Max Holman slowed down long enough Wednesday to sign a national letter of intent to run cross country and track for Ole Miss.
Tupelo High School’s six-time state champion announced Sunday he had committed to the Rebels.
“I wanted what was best for me and what fit me,” said Holman, who selected Ole Miss over Mississippi State and Alabama. “I’ve known since I was in the eighth grade that I wanted to run in college.”
Holman won his third consecutive cross country state championship last November in leading the Golden Wave boys team to its ninth straight state title.
His clocking of 16 minutes, 9 seconds on Mississippi College’s Choctaw Trails course in Clinton earned him the MHSAA’s first Class 6A state championship and his third consecutive Mississippi Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year award.
On the track, the senior is looking to win more state distance championships before he graduates. He won the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters at last year’s state meet in Pearl. He won the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 40.77 seconds and covered the 1,600 in winning time of 4:28.21.
He also won the 3,200 meters state title in the 2008 meet.
Holman plans to run the 3,200 and 1,600 meters this spring, and maybe the 800 meters. However, he noted that winning is not what gives him the most satisfaction.
“The thing I’m the most proud of is how much I’ve improved looking back,” he said. “I know I’m going to get beat, but as long as I’m improving I know all the hard work hasn’t gone to waste.”
Holman won the 1,600 meters a few weeks ago at the Southern Miss Invitational in Hattiesburg in 4:26. He finished second in 2:00.08 in the 800 meters at the same event.