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Odum commits to Marian

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NEW MARKET — Southmont senior Lexie Odum was introduced to the Dean of Education during a college visit to Marian University, and was blown away by a comment he made.

“I went on a visit and the Dean of Education shook my hand and everything and he remembered Patrick Scheidler (Southmont graduate), because I had my letter-jacket on,” Odum said. “The fact he remembered a freshman made me feel good.”

Odum committed to continue her track and field career at Marian as a sprinter on Monday afternoon at Southmont High School, but has known she wanted to run in college since her freshman year.

“Probably my freshman year,” she said. “Running is my favorite thing to do. I was winning, and it made me feel confident to go and continue. I had the support of my mom and dad and my coaches.”

Odum has won individual titles as a Mountie sprinter and three soccer sectional titles, so after Marian won an indoor conference championship over the weekend in both men’s and women’s track and field, she’s excited about joining another winning program.

“I saw all over their Twitter and Instagram that they won and it made me excited that I have the opportunity next year to have the same victory and be a part of a team like that,” she said.

Odum hopes to defend her county titles this spring in the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes.

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