WCHS senior distance standout Lucas Howett is taking his running talent to Western Illinois. Shown is Howett with his parents Dawn and Nate. In back are his sister Amslie, along with Warsaw assistant track and cross country coach Rob Peters, Warsaw track coach Matt Thacker and Warsaw cross country coach Jim Mills (Photo provided)
WARSAW – Lucas Howett has logged many miles on lanes, paths, and roads in training and competition, and the effort and the success the Tiger cross country and track standout has experienced has paved a path to the asphalt and trails in Macomb, Illinois.
Senior star Howett signed a letter of intent to attend Western Illinois and run track and cross country for the Western Illinois Leathernecks and coach Nick Maas.
A four-year letterman and All-Northern Lakes Conference selection in cross country under coach Jim Mills, Howett enters his final track season where he will earn his fourth letter for the Tiger track program and coach Matt Thacker.
This past fall, the senior standout qualified for the IHSAA State Cross Country Finals and earned All-State Honorable Mention. In track, Howett has qualified for the regional twice in the 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter run.
Howett has not only displayed a true dedication and focus between the gun and final chalk line, he has carried this throughout the school day, in the classroom, and weaved this beyond the school walls into the community. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, he also served as a Tiger Basketball statistician and assisted with the Tiger Student Athletic Board while amassing an impressive 10.4 Grade Point Average.
Intending to major in Agriculture Education with a minor in Agronomy, Howett looks forward to working with the Western Illinois program. The Leathernecks are members of the NCAA and the Summit League.