STRONGSVILLE – Strongsville senior Kendall Gregory and his father Keeon have something in common. Both will be Big Ten Conference sprinters. The uniform, however, will be different.
Unlike his father who starred at Ohio State, Kendall Gregory recently committed to the University of Michigan.
''Michigan was in the process from the beginning,'' Kendall told the Lorain Morning Journal after announcing his decision on Sunday. ''They have a good academic reputation and I really clicked with the coach and the guys on the team.
''It was hard narrowing my choices and it came right down to the end. It was tough, but in the end I think I made the right decision.''
Gregory was the Division I state runner-up in the 400-meters last season and had 23 offers, including 16 full scholarships. In addition to Michigan, Gregory’s other finalists included Ohio State, Texas Christian and Georgia.
Gregory began his high school career at Lake Ridge Academy in Lorain County and won a D-III state title in the 400 as a freshman. As a sophomore he was third. Last season he transferred to Strongsville to face tougher competition.
Gregory’s time of 47.01 in the 400 at the 2007 state meet was a personal record and is currently the fifth fastest returning time in the country. The mark ranked him in the Top 20 nationally last spring.
Gregory’s father Keeon ran at Ohio State from 1986-1989 and won two indoor Big Ten titles in the 600 meters. He was also on four relays that claimed Big Ten titles.
Kendall is hoping for similar results albeit at a different school.
“Everyone is giving us a rough time but it is all in good fun,” said Keeon Gregory jokingly of his son’s decision to head north. “This is tough for me since I am Buckeye Alum. I will be pulling for Ohio State on Nov. 17.”