“Carey graduate Ashton Drage will run for College of Idaho.”

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – College of Southern Idaho distance runner Ashton Drage will run cross country and track and field at the College of Idaho this fall.

Drage, who signed his National Letter of Intent, is a local runner at Carey High School and had a great sophomore season for the Golden Eagles, helping CSI to a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA Men's Division I Cross Country Championships in the fall.

His path to running in high school was unique because the Carey Panthers didn't have a cross country program, so he developed his own his senior year.

“My mom was my coach and we drove ourselves to all the competitions, so it was just me and her because I was the only person on the team,” Drage said. “That’s where my passion for the sport started and I took it from there.”

That led him to CSI and now to COI in the fall.

At the start of the season, Drage wasn't sure if he wanted to continue running at the collegiate level.

He visited Caldwell and everything changed.

“I didn’t know if I wanted to participate at the beginning of the year, but I did the visit and it was by far my favorite,” Drage said. “After that I signed and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”

He will graduate with the Golden Eagles this spring having already qualified for the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in steeple racing as he is currently ranked 25th nationally.

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