Michael McLamb has spent the last four years setting records and racking up countless awards and achievements through Midway High School’s track and field and cross country teams.
Most notable of those awards and accolades, included being the number one freshman in the 3,200 meter during his 9th grade year, and being the only freshman to qualify for the state championship. He was the 25th ranked cross country runner in the state, running the first leg in the 4th place 4×800 meter team in the 2A state championship, as well as holding five school records in the 1,660 meter, 3,200 meter, 5,000 meter, 4×800 meter, and 4×400 meter. McLamb was named to the All-State and All Region cross country teams, and was recognized as conference runner of the year in the Four County Conference.
McLamb has signed his letter of intent to run at Campbell University next year. The decision to go to Campbell really wasn’t a difficult one to make, according to McLamb.
“It was honestly just the best option for me. The coaching staff and entire personnel at CU worked with me so well during the recruiting process,” said McLamb. “It was down to Campbell, ECU, and UNCW, and I thought that Campbell had the best team and gave me the best opportunity to succeed. I also have ties there, with my papa being on the Presidential Board and my papa, dad and great uncle each having attended Campbell. I am excited to be able to carry on that tradition in our family.”
But McLamb’s dream wasn’t always to run cross country or track.
“I was all about basketball and baseball entering high school,” said McLamb. “I was honestly just trying to find something to help me stay in shape or get into shape before basketball season, and my cousin Andrew Shirley suggested track. I decided I would give it a shot, and then ended up starting to take it very seriously. I decided I would not play basketball that winter, so I could run winter track, and I really began to work hard at it then.”
McLamb noted that his family’s support through all of his ups and downs throughout his high school career has been nothing short of amazing.
“No matter what I needed, or how things were going, my family was always there to support me. Outside of my family, Randy West, a friend of mine that went to Triton and has always been big into track, in fact, he has ran in the Boston Marathon, has really had a big impact on my running career as well. Coach Jeff Klaves over at Hobbton has been my coach during the summers as well, and he has also helped me a great deal,” admitted the future Fighting Camel.
McLamb is unsure of his major as of yet, but is leaning towards a double major that would result in one day becoming a physical therapist.
As for the not-so-distant future, McLamb is primed and poised to do big things at Campbell.
“It’s very exciting to like I said, be a part of the Campbell tradition that runs through my family,” he said. “I hope to perform at a high level there, and help out the program in any way possible.”