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Spring Signees - Hoover Athletics
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

20-April-2017 (HHS) - Four Hoover High School seniors signed National Letters of Intent to participate in college athletics during a ceremony held in the school's cafeteria on Wednesday, April 12. 

Three of the four signees will compete in track and field or cross-country, and one will compete in volleyball.

Buccaneer distance standout Tommy McDonough headlined the class. 

He won the 2016 Class 7A state cross-country championship and captured first-place finishes in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs at the state indoor track and field meet in February. He formalized his commitment to Auburn University. 

"It's amazing. It's a dream I've had since I started running, to be able to go to the next level," McDonough said. "I'm just thankful I've been able to get here. It's really awesome."

McDonough has been one of the state's top distance runners since his sophomore year, when he placed third in the 3,200 meters at the state outdoor track and field meet. He kept improving. McDonough currently owns blistering personal bests of 1 minute, 54.39 seconds (800 meters), 4:13.53 (1 mile), 9:23.45 (3,200 meters) and 15:39.7 (5,000 meters). 

McDonough grew up a University of Alabama fan, but he said Auburn just felt "right" on his visit.

"I'm thankful for everybody who's helped me along the way -- my coaches, my teammates," McDonough said. "I know I have a lot of good times ahead."

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