BENTON -- Kelly standout distance runner Adam Daughhetee recently signed a letter of intent to run track and cross country at Southeast Missouri State University.
Daughhetee is a two-time state champion in the 1,600-meter run. He has also received all-state honors in the 3,200-meters, and as a member of the 4 x 800 meter relay team.
"We're extremely happy to sign Adam," said SEMO track coach Joey Haines. "He's had a tremendous track career at Kelly so far, and we feel he's going to make an outstanding runner for us. Along with being a good runner, he's also a fine young man. He's the kind you want in your program."
The SEMO track team plans to use Daughhetee as a middle distance runner, his strongest event in high school. He will join former Kelly student Amy Arteme, who has been SEMO's top female distance runner for the last two years.
"We feel like Adam is cut from the same kind of mold," said Haines. "He has the same dedication and is a very good athlete. He puts in a lot of miles."
Daughhetee's cross country team has also gained all-state honors for the past two years. He set and currently holds all distance records at Kelly.
"Our freshmen have to produce right away," said Haines. "It will be a little adjustment coming from 2A, but the tape measure and the stop watch are the same. When he starts running against better competition, I expect his times will get even better."
Daughhetee is the son of Tom and Denise Daughhetee.