Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hardin High School freshman Trajan Hill runs in the September 2015 Gas Cap Invitational. The Bulldog boys and girls placed second overall. Hardin sophomore David Prather runs in the September 2015 Gas Cap invitational. He was the fourth member of the Bulldogs across the finish line.

Cross-country runners Prather and Hill invited to Down Under Sports Tournament

Two members of the Hardin High School cross-country team have been invited to compete at this year’s Down Under Sports Tournament in Gold Coast, Australia.

Sophomore David Prather and freshman Trajan Hill will represent not only Hardin, but also Montana in the Mountain Conference.

At the end of last year’s cross-country season, both athletes received letters of invitation to participate in the international event.

The two were chosen based on their academic excellence and athletic performance.

In a sponsorship letter, Prather stated he is “honored to be an ambassador of not only my community and state, but also our country.”

Prather said he feels much more determined to train off-season and to “do better” in this year’s track season, because he knows “such an opportunity exists now.”

The selected cross-country team is scheduled to depart for Australia on June 25.

“It’s very honorable,” said Hill. “I’m very grateful to have this opportunity. I feel that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’d like to make the most out of it.”

Hill has been running cross-country for four years since starting in sixth grade.

International Sports Specialist Inc. (ISSI) hosts the annual Down Under tournaments, which provide athletes from other countries the opportunity to compete overseas in their sport.

The Down Under Sports Tournaments include football, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, golf, cross-country, track and field, wrestling and swimming. The goal of ISSI, according to the Down Under website, is to “continue to provide athletes who excel in their sport the opportunity to experience the culture, beauty and grandeur of the land Down Under” while providing “intense competition in many different sports.”

“You have to work hard to get what you want to achieve,” Prather said. “If you ever want to do something great, you have to break past those mental barriers and that inner voice that says ‘this is too much.’”

Donations to Prather and Hill can be made online at www.DownUnderSports.com/payment?160981 and www.DownUnderSports.com/payment?161238 or by calling (435) 753-4732.

For additional information on Down Under Sports, visit www.DownUnderSports.com.

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