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VALE – As the high school track and field season approaches, one Vale senior already knows he will be running beyond this upcoming year. Viking Leland Tamez, surrounded by family, friends and coaches, signed his Letter of Intent to join the Treasure Valley Community College team in the fall on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Tamez will join the collegiate team as a second-generation student athlete for the Chukars. An uncle was a standout for the local college.
“I wanted to stay local and TVCC is affordable and a place to gain my generals,” said Tamez after placing his pen to the paper. “My plans are to go into sports medicine or possibly teaching.”
A sprinter for Vale, Tamez will continue with the speed events at Treasure Valley Community College, running the 100- and 200-meter races.
“Leland is raw with a ton of talent,” said TVCC track and field coach Blas Guerra. “He does multiple things well including the sprints, hurdles and jumping.”
Guerra said the work ethic shown in the high school ranks by Tamez was a big reason for the signing.
“He is just always out there working hard,” he said of his new trackster.
Tamez is just the first of many expected to sign from the district champion Vale team according to coach Paul Bentz.
“We are looking forward to a great season from Leland and know he will be a big part of the team at TVCC,” said Bentz.