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Small Town Texas Runner Becomes Hero After State Championship

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Jake Merrell grew up in a small town in Texas and became a cult hero almost as quickly as he won his first state championship in 2015. But he's lived up to the hype far beyond what anyone could have imagined, and he's raced against the best and proved himself time and time again. The Turkey Valley High School graduate, who won nine state outdoor championships over four years and turned into one of the top 800 meter runners in the country, is headed to Baylor University on a full scholarship in 2018. Watch the feature above to learn about how Merrell embraced his small town roots and raced large over his career before finishing out with one final memento at the Texas UIL Class 1A State Championships. And check out the full story, from start to finish, on MileSplit's longform story platform: Jake Merrell Can't Lose Website: https://www.flotrack.org Subscribe: http://bit.ly/2oK0ydE Get the FloSports iOS app: http://bit.ly/FloTrackiOSApp_9 Follow FloTrack Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FloTrack Twitter: https://twitter.com/flotrack Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/FloTrack
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ruizd4150 (1 day ago)
It shouldn’t take a win for you to know your child’s potential
Austen Brown (1 day ago)
Music just a little louder please, I want to have an even greater headache by the end of the vid. Ty
Usman Harun (2 days ago)
Quitaque ... where everybody knows everybody I guess ;-)
Malachi Heaven (3 days ago)
its not who believes in you its do you believe in you.
Brandon Uveges (4 days ago)
Dude looks like he belongs in an Indiana Jones movie with the mustache look at the state-meet
Elijah Atkins (5 days ago)
6:00 you can see my boy Klay Howard from Covington Tx getting 3rd such a shame😂
justingt3rs (5 days ago)
clean shave requirement in a high school !? free country my ass lol
Martti Jokinen (6 days ago)
His biggest talent is in the ankles. They don´t leak speed or energy. Combine that with everything else and you have what it takes to be the best.
Road Glide (7 days ago)
Fantastic story and great job! But Baylor really had a problem with his mustache...Seriously? Once again adults in leadership showing our youth what’s really important. Good job Baylor.
Rushil Desai (8 days ago)
And people are saying that tall height is a disadvantage for running...
Robert Linthicum (9 days ago)
This is a great story. Something I found interesting: An assembly was held with young spectators to witness his signing a scholarship offer. Is this kind of attention and adulation ever shone on REAL scholars who are awarded scholarships? What is the message there?
Chase null (10 days ago)
I bet all his cousins fight to have sex with him
Sam M. (11 days ago)
gotta love this kid. true american.
Tika Nguyen (12 days ago)
He reminds me of great American runner Billy Mills. I think Jake would be great as a decathlon.
Ronnie Stowell (12 days ago)
Wait how old? Cos 1:53 is really good if ur 16/17 any older it's ok
dougie mui (12 days ago)
He's got his mother's looks!
Salty apple 123 (13 days ago)
Lol the booty shorts tho
The Hippo (13 days ago)
Nobody cares about winning 1a state 😂
jereme salazar (16 days ago)
This is Superman...at least he's look, Nice fitness...running is perfect.
AlaskanYeti7 (16 days ago)
So that’s the Voodoo due from Valley
Brandon R (16 days ago)
696k views NOICE
Joshua Durham (17 days ago)
.......1:50 isn't very fast. Put him with the big school and he gets beat bad.
RunnerBlueJay (18 days ago)
Interesting
Zizo Nejjad (29 days ago)
He is Olympic Bound. Out of any state, if you can be the champion in Texas, you definitely got some talent.
Steven I. (1 month ago)
There's a new Sheriff in town
King2013 Queen (1 month ago)
He's faster because his shorts are shorter. Less weight.
Ford Geronimo (1 month ago)
Wait so how much money did he make?
Ford Geronimo (1 month ago)
So my question is... Is he related to the Merrell Twins?
Teddy Brosevelt (1 month ago)
I respect the guy with a patriots shirt in texas
jw golding (1 month ago)
Go Pats
성준호 成俊虎 (1 month ago)
Small town need some workout, not lazy in town. Just pull it itself.
Bonidee Lee (1 month ago)
Good stuff.
Ryan Manzi (1 month ago)
Nice job Jake. Do big things.
tyler lewis (1 month ago)
Was Forest Gump based on this or vice versa, also good lord this town needs some new blood you can see the intergenerational inbreeding lol jk
Michael Long (1 month ago)
This dude’s got a future in Hollywood!
ArtiKen (1 month ago)
Whoo! What an Athlete. Great story, great video.
hola, soy venezolano. quisiera entrenar por USA, también correr una maratón, no poseo visa americana. me gustaría que me ayudaran a ir a USA. DIOS bendiga a USA.
Quinn Forbes (1 month ago)
hi
Troy Parker (1 month ago)
Great inspirational story! Awesome mom and dad and very cool guy! Thank you!
Amazing what he achieved with - out any rain clouds, man it's easy to shine in that case lol ;}
Michael Collins (1 month ago)
Jim Ryan
Rocco Marra (1 month ago)
Next Jim Ryan and Steve Prefontaine
Hailey Elizabeth (1 month ago)
These vids are what make Tx look all county lol
rygi23 (1 month ago)
7:26......Why in the world is there a big New England Patriots emblem hanging in the hallway at a school in Texas?
Oli NKil (1 month ago)
Chariots of fire
Marcelo Jimenez (1 month ago)
Sick’em Bears!!!!
Robert Clint (1 month ago)
He is running from the death penalty. His Mom is hot... He runs like Hicham El Guerrouj
Horacio Gonzalez (1 month ago)
My school's relay team (those dudes in the purple) had to go against his team at state in the 4x4 relay, and man it's insane how crazy fast and powerful he is, beat 2nd place by 5 seconds.
Michael Rauscher (2 months ago)
NO DISRESPECT MOM IS BEAUTIFUL.
Studio T (2 months ago)
His genetics must be on his mums side...
Charlie Gatz (2 months ago)
Yok
Nolan Sisson (2 months ago)
6:27 he looks like Peter Parker from Spider Man.
leo vanslack (2 months ago)
He look like such a pedo with that moustache
Joe Z (2 months ago)
Great Kid! Feel good story
lhavenothingtosay (2 months ago)
"Tennis, one time" Won Wimbledon.
Francesco Nigro (2 months ago)
Wow
Michael&Alexis (2 months ago)
Shoes?
bGormo (2 months ago)
Sitting here after knee surgery like oh...
Hi its me (2 months ago)
Hard work!!!
Emma Hackler (2 months ago)
Best thing is..he’s the nicest guy ever. I went to school with him and he was in my brother’s class. It is so weird that people see him as a sort of celebrity in the running community, because he is such a down to earth guy. Congrats Jake
Jose Rodriguez (2 months ago)
Then he get a girlfriend and back to the farm.....
Solunox (2 months ago)
Has no one mentioned that he looks JUST like Matt Bomer? Cus I mean C'mon!!! He looks identical to him.
Pedro Carames (2 months ago)
like, obviously he doesnt fucking run without a shirt but ok
gary DAVIS (2 months ago)
Congratulations! 1 A times are much slower than the larger schools though, too bad he didn't have more competition to really see his potential.
henryjw15 (28 days ago)
Don't think the classification matters in this sport.
Thechadc11 (2 months ago)
I have state discus I don’t know why I wrote this
Chido Boy (2 months ago)
Good guy that guy
John Rogan (2 months ago)
jake's parents are clueless!
Jerry Hernandez (2 months ago)
Very inspiring.
Bruno (3 months ago)
Proud mom n Dad
Mike Kollin (3 months ago)
Hahahaha.,.. So After he wins the State Championship he finally realizes he can do it? 😊
Pal Kaposi (3 months ago)
gejza....
Hannah Brillhart (3 months ago)
The only sport that I didn’t hear was SOCCER witch is my favorite!
Rick Curtis (3 months ago)
Everyone's a goddamn hero these days. He's a runner, not a hero.
Tatiana Serna (3 months ago)
he can marry me
Shivendra Alhat (3 months ago)
He's much better than the lazy new yorker.. 😂😂😂
cbunk47 (3 months ago)
1A? good lord
old economist (3 months ago)
Dirt track. Damn.
Bill H (3 months ago)
Kid looks like he is 29 years old
mark price (3 months ago)
Great work ethic and desire to do good==love to see it. Please wear eye protection when using a grinder.....
Daniel T (3 months ago)
Le Monde rural n'est pas un fleuve tranquille. Forrest Gump est de retour. vu le 9 octobre
F (3 months ago)
He reminds me of Sebastian Cole , keep it up
Kjo është ikje Ikje! (3 months ago)
The principal's words at the end are really inspirational.
Yaseen (3 months ago)
More documentaries like this
TheMrRudemeister (3 months ago)
This guy is a great runner but to say that doing ranch work is hard work is hilarious to me... Try working In The fields all day under a hot sun for maybe minimum wage... Now that’s hard work... Still that can’t compare to harder work around the world where people get paid $12 a month for 12 hour work days seven days a week... People from the U.S are all pampered compared to the world. Yet they still complain... I’m not even talking about millennials, just regular “hard working” Americans
YaPapi (3 months ago)
This motivated me to run harder now... Damn wish I had his hight to. Edit: height*
R Dizzle (3 months ago)
So amazing
bob thompkins (3 months ago)
This is what Trump wants America to go back to.
Mike Cullen (3 months ago)
A GREAT HOMEGROWN ATHELETE. INSPIRATIONAL.
Joey Suggs (3 months ago)
Sure favors those short shorts. Prolly queer.
JAMES LAYCO (3 months ago)
The next Steve prefontaine
MB (3 months ago)
Texas Boyz
Jackson Coney (3 months ago)
Is anyone going to talk about how his high school stole the New England Patriots logo
cevil75 (3 months ago)
Wow, totally awesome. Keep it up!
ZagPC (3 months ago)
Looks like Freddy mercury with the stash
Arlie Hopes y (3 months ago)
I ran track and field in high school. I was never this good but I love track and field. And this kid was built for running. I'll be keeping an eye out for him at Baylor and Beyond I wish him all the best.
feixbix (3 months ago)
And he just kept running..
Sinan Şenkul (3 months ago)
such a fucked up video
Abhishek Singh (3 months ago)
Did he met with any rattlesnake while running?????
Lord Gaming (3 months ago)
I miss track and field I was also a good runner after entering highschool i gave up on track it wasn't fun anymore
Him Bike (3 months ago)
Reminds me of Alberto Juantorena

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