WALLA WALLA — Former Wa-Hi track star Blake Gerling began his college track career at the University of Idaho recently.
Gerling, who won a state championship for the Blue Devils in the 300-meter hurdles in May, began practices Sept. 10 after committing to the Vandals in August on a partial-ride scholarship.
Gerling also held offers from Washington State University and Eastern Washington, but chose Idaho they offered the potential of more support in the future.
“Overall Idaho gave me a better deal than any other college,” Gerling said Tuesday.
Although offseason practices have just begun, Gerling said he is already training at a high level.
“Everyones a lot bigger, in weight and size, than anyone in high school,” Gerling said. “The workouts that I’m starting now, this is a preseason workout and it’s just like what I would be doing if I was training at my peak.”
Gerling will compete in the 400 hurdles at the college level, and possibly the 110 hurdles as well.
Gerling, who started classes in August, is majoring in civil engineering.
“I love school,” Gerling said. “I like the campus — it’s really beautiful — and I’ve met a lot of new people here and it’s fun.”
Gerling began competing in track in fifth grade and also ran cross country while at Wa-Hi.