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Running for glory

ZCA alumnus Evan Miller readies for Olympic Trials

Photo courtesy of the University of South Carolina Track and Field

Three years ago, Evan Miller was basking in the glory of a pair of FHSAA Track gold medals as running Warrior for Zephyrhills Christian Academy.

This week, Miller will be vying for a spot on the US Olympic Team as he competes in the 200 meters at the US Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon.

At ZCA, Miller won a state title as a junior in the 4×100 and again as a senior where he also claimed the 100 meter crown.

Since his days at ZCA, he has been putting up impressive times at the University of South Carolina. So much so, he will be taking off at the sound of the starters’ gun Friday in the 200 meters with the dream of representing his country in this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Earlier this year, Miller set a facility record at the University of South Carolina on the men’s 4×300 Indoor relay at the Carolina Challenge. He set a personal record of 20.87 in the men’s 200m at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships.

In addition, he received 2nd Team All American honors at the SEC Indoor Championships and set a personal best in 200m of 20.50 at the first outdoor meet of the 2021 season. He advanced to the NCAA Division 1 East Championship in the 200 meters, but was disqualified after a false start.

Miller comes by his athletic ability honestly as his mother Erica Miller was a track standout at the University of South Carolina. His father, Sylvester Miller, played defensive end for the Gamecocks and played two seasons of professional football.

To follow Miller’s quest toward Olympic glory use the link: https://usatf.org/events/2021/2020-u-s-olympic-team-trials-track-field/status-of-entries.

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