Anthonio Humphrey, who posted last year’s fasted 800-meter time in the state regardless of class, announced Tuesday that he has signed a letter of intent with the University of Kansas track program.
The Douglass senior won the Class 4A title in the 800, then posted a school record of 1:53.7 at the Meet of Champions last spring. Over the summer, he cut his time down to 1:51, and has his sights set on the Junior Olympic record of 1:49.
“I think I can pop a 1:48,” he said with a smile. “That’s my goal for this year.”
Humphrey chose Kansas over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and several other college programs who recruited him. He is nationally ranked in the event on Dyestat track and field ranking system.
Humphrey said he settled on Kansas for the opportunity to go out of state and experience something different.
“I’m gonna be out on my own,” he said. “I didn’t just want to be another Oklahoma athlete going to an Oklahoma college. Kansas seemed like the best fit for me. They expect big things from me and I expect big things from myself.
“Academically, I hope their aerospace engineering program will take me far. I’m gonna push just as hard in that as I am trying to win the NCAA title in the 800.”
Humphrey decided not to run track at Douglass as a senior, but will instead participate in events with the USA Track And Field program around the country with hopes of reaching the Junior Olympics in July.