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Talking Texas with 2020 Track and Field Commit Reid Foster

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On March 20, UT Track and Field received a commitment from long jump and triple jumper, Blake Harris.

Less than a month later, UT landed another highly sought after track and field recruit in pole vaulter, Reid Foster.

Foster hails from College Station A&M Consolidated High School and just announced his commitment to the University of Texas on April 15.

“UT has been my dream school since I was a kid. Both my parents went there, and my older brother goes there right now. It was a no-brainer for me,” Foster said.

Foster has improved his personal best each and every year. Going from 9’6” his freshman year to 15’6” in his senior year before the year was shut down.

He finished ninth in the Texas UIL 5A State Championship last season with a mark of 14’6”. He started his 2020 year off with two first-place finishes and hit his personal best of 15’6”.

“I think what leads to my own personal success is my extreme competitiveness and my desire to be the best,” Foster said.

Foster has always been one to perfect his craft in whatever he does. In an event like pole vaulting which requires extreme athleticism and precision, Foster thrives at it.

“I’ve always been good at solo sports that require a lot of technique, precision, etc.,” Foster said. “Way back in the day I used to be a nationally ranked diver, so when I started pole vault in 7th grade it clicked and I was hooked.”

Foster, unfortunately, had his senior season ripped away from him due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, he’s set his expectations high for his four years as a Texas Longhorn.

“I’m coming for everything. Big 12 titles, school record, all of it. What’s the point if you aren’t the best?” Foster said.

The pole vaulter extraordinaire remains more focused than ever even with COVID-19 shutting down most of the country. Foster is taking this time as an opportunity to train even harder.

“I have been focusing a lot on endurance training. I train with a specialist twice a week, plus workouts I do on my own and of course, I’m still doing some jumping when I can,” Foster said.

With additions such as Blake Harris and Reid Foster, the Texas Longhorns Track and Field program appears to be set up for success for the next four years. Harris and Foster are easily some of the best jumpers in the state of Texas.

When asked what he wants UT fans to know about him, Foster had three simple words for everyone.

“I bleed orange.”

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