ROSEPINE — Blake Cantrell was offered by a couple of Southland Conference schools to run cross country and track.

ROSEPINE — Blake Cantrell was offered by a couple of Southland Conference schools to run cross country and track.

And he decided to go to one of the most storied cities and athletic programs in the state of Louisiana.

Cantrell, surrounded by his family and friends, inked his national letter-of-intent to run cross country and track for Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in the state of Louisiana.

“I really felt like I could excel as a runner the most at Northwestern State University,” Cantrell said. “They have a lot to offer and I'm excited to be going there.”

Cantrell has been one of the most successful runners in the history of Rosepine. According to his father and coach, Anthony Cantrell, his son has worked hard to reach this point.

“It's an awesome feeling knowing Blake will be competing at the next level,” Anthony Cantrell said. “He has worked very hard and made a lot of sacrifices to reach this goal.”

Blake Cantrell, who sports an impressive ACT score of 29, along with a 3.9875 grade-point average, began running along with his father at the age of seven, developing into a solid runner. By the eighth grade, he committed himself even more.

“He really made a commitment into being a great distance runner,” Anthony Cantrell said. “His leadership, however, has stood out the most. He is respected on and off the track.”

Also a starter on the Eagle basketball team for the past few years, Blake Cantrell can't wait for the opportunity to ply his trade at the next level.

“My main goal going into the my first year at NSU is to be in the top seven on my team,” he said. “If I can do that, I would be able to compete in the Southland Conference meet.”

Cantrell is planning on being a nursing major, while eventually attending seminary.

“Immediately after college, I plan on attending seminary and using my degree to help work my way through,” he said. “Ultimately, I want to be a military chaplain.

Cantrell is the son of Anthony and Cindy Cantrell and the grandson of Glenda and Bernell Cantrell. He has a young brother named Austin.

Along with his dad, Rosepine athletic director Tim Kyle coached Cantrell at Rosepine.