Hunter Nobles has been an integral part of the successful program for East Union cross country for the past four years and will continue his running career for Blue Mountain College.

Nobles signed with the Toppers and Coach Phillip Laney on Monday and is excited about the prospects awaiting him there.

“The people that are on the team were just really nice and the student-teacher ratio was a big influence,” Nobles said. “I just felt like they were the right fit. I think we’re going to be pretty successful.”

Nobles plans to major in exercise science and minor in kinesiology in his studies at the college.

According to Nobles, there could be as many as six freshmen runners joining the Blue Mountain program and it is his understanding that there will be possibly 10 runners on the team.

Nobles feel that his experiences with the East Union cross country team will help tremendously in college.

“Practices with Coach McLellen were never easy, so I think it will prepare me for college running,” Nobles said. “I think our team (East Union) is more of a family and I think that is how it might be at Blue Mountain. I think East Union has prepared me pretty well for college.

Nobles will be the third cross country signee for Coach Nathan McLellen this year and Nobles has helped the Urchins to numerous successes and a couple of state championships as well.

“Hunter has been a lead-by-example type athlete, always dedicated,” McLellen said. “He is going to be a lot faster at Blue Mountain because he will not be juggling two sports at the same time.”

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