ANDY Carr got a taste of his future last summer and early fall.
The Columbus North senior designed a poster that won a contest for the inaugural Mill Race Marathon. But before it was etched in stone, it needed a little tweaking from Cummins.
“I had to touch it up a little bit to meet some of the needs they had, but it wasn’t an overhaul or anything,” Carr said. “It was enlightening to see what the actual professional world is like because I had to work with some of the professionals from Cummins and the city council. It was cool to work with professionals like that.”
Students in some of the design classes at North were asked to enter poster designs. Carr, who is headed to University of Indianapolis to run cross-country and track and major in graphic design, was the winner of the poster contest.
“That was surprising and kind of exciting,” he said. “It’s something that’s struck me in the last couple of years as something I can be very passionate about and something I’m skilled at.”
It isn’t the only thing in which Carr is skilled. He finished 16th in the state in the 3,200 meters last spring, and in the fall he earned All-State honors by finishing 12th in the state in cross-country.
“He had an amazing finish in cross-country,” said North cross-country coach Rick Weinheimer, who coaches the distance runners in track. “He had the best race of his life at the state meet.
“Then, he’s continued to track,” he said. “I think he’s done a great job in the 1,600 and the 3,200. He’s really versatile, and he works hard and sets a good example.”
Thanks to a winter that wasn’t conducive to every-day training, Carr got off to a slow start in the indoor track season. But he’s blossomed outdoors, winning the 3,200 in the North Invitational, the Midwest Prep Invitational at Lawrence Central and Brown County’s Talon Relays.
“The season kind of started out rough indoor,” Carr said. “We had some complications in training due to weather this winter, but I think it’s given me a little glimpse as to what the top level competition is like, so I think I’m more prepared going into the tournament this year.”
Carr is entered in both the 1,600 and 3,200 for tonight’s Conference Indiana meet at Southport. In the 3,200, he’ll get a shot at defending state champion Clayton Bowie of Southport.
In the postseason, Carr likely will drop the 1,600 and focus on the 3,200. But he may be added to the Bull Dogs’ 4x800 relay team.
“We have some guys who have improved incredibly this season, so I’m excited to have the chance at maybe running alongside them and getting to the state meet,” Carr said.
“Andy is great,” North track coach Lou Sipe said. “He’s a good leader on our team. He’s running well, and he’s put in a lot of hard work to this point. He has earned the success that he’s having.”
Carr said he chose UIndy primarily for academic reasons.
“Their graphic design program was impressive to me,” Carr said. “There was a lot of academic aid there, although I was also impressed by their track and cross-country program.”
As for this track season, he hopes to help the 4x800 team advance to the state meet and to finish in the top nine at state in the 3,200, which would put him on the medals stand.
“I’ve been very blessed with health and some good improvement in some areas,” Carr said. “I’m still looking for some great things to happen, and some teammates of mine are pushing me and working with me along the way, so I’m very appreciative to have the work ethic of my teammates. All of these guys have done a lot of work for a great season, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can all do.”