Off to college: Westmoore's Toby Bothwell headed to Arkansas

By Justin Harper, Staff Writer, jharper@opubco.com Modified: July 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm •  Published: July 23, 2010

Toby Bothwell spent his high school running career posting one terrific time after another. But it was a case of bad timing that could have derailed his college athletic aspirations.

Alas, the former Westmoore cross country and track standout overcame a major obstacle in both sports in his senior season and is headed to compete for a national power.

Bothwell will run for Arkansas next year after being invited to walk-on with the Razorbacks in cross country and track.

He could have taken an athletic scholarship to another school, but he didn't need one. Bothwell, who scored a perfect score (36) on the ACT, has a full academic scholarship to Arkansas.

"I guess basically I was looking at Arkansas and OU," Bothwell said. "I was injured last track season, but Arkansas offered the opportunity to walk on. I liked the staff, the campus, the people there. It was a quick decision to go to Arkansas."

The bad breaks that beset Bothwell as a senior were a serious case of the flu shortly before the cross country state meet (he still finished second) and then a hamstring injury during track season.

"Really bad timing," the 18-year old said.

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