ONTARIO – Since a small girl, Ontario High School’s Meagan Houston had plans on attending a Division I school on an athletic scholarship. On Monday, March 15, Houston turned that dream to reality, putting pen to paper to run track at Boise State University.
Houston is the story of small-town athletes achieving a dream. She is a multi-sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball, along with track and field for the Tigers. According to her father Kelly Houston, his daughter never attended high priced track camps costing thousands of dollars. Houston, from a very early age, did participate annually in the Ontario Hershey Track Meet before local fans. Even without high priced specialty coaches and balancing her time between numerous sports, Houston is now a Bronco.
“I always wanted to run D-I close to home,” Houston explained while surrounded by family and friends at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
Houston will join the BSU squad as a preferred walk-on. The Tiger will be required to bring her times down to certain goals to achieve her scholarship dream.
“It is a gamble,” said Ontario coach Paul Bentz. “Meagan had guaranteed scholarships from some Division II and III schools, but chose to keep working, lower her times and take the BSU offer. It really shows what Meagan has inside her.”
Bentz also took the occasion to announce Houston as the 20th Ontario track and field athlete to sign a Letter of Intent for collegiate athletics.
Looking back at her high school career at Ontario, Houston was quick to recall her freshmen year.
“I still remember when we took third place at state in the 4-by-100 relay,” she said. “I want to thank my coaches, family, friends and teammates for this moment.”
While at BSU, Houston’s future plans call for studying psychology with career plans on being a counselor.
The story of Meagan Houston achieving her dream is special as track and field was canceled last season due to the pandemic. Speaking with her parents, Houston did not stop training or complain about the lack of a season. She continued on with the results of her work showing Monday as she put her signature on the letter. Eastern Oregon athletes are not about traveling to $2,500 camps during the summer or deciding at age five to only play one sport. Houston, epitomizing eastern Oregon, is about working through adversity and never giving up.