KENTWOOD, Mich. — Cody White stepped off the track for the last time in his high school sports career on Saturday with a smile on his face as he received congratulations from friends and family.
The Michigan State wide receiver signee said before his 4×100-meter relay at East Kentwood in the Michigan Lower Peninsula Division I track and field finals that the end hadn’t sunk in. Now that it was actually over, had it?
“No, not yet,” White said. “Probably tomorrow.”
That would make sense, as his graduation from Walled Lake Western is Sunday. His final day of school was Friday. And if his baseball team had advanced in districts, it would have played Saturday.
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Somehow, White avoided such conflicts throughout his prep days, despite playing football, basketball and baseball while also running track.
“If I had a baseball practice, I’d go to the track meet,” he explained. “The games never really overlapped, but the practices did. They gave me free reign to do both, so that was pretty cool.”
Soon he’ll have a more singular focus. Very soon. White said he will head up to Michigan State for a minicamp from June 12-16. He’ll later move into his dorm — which will be shared with TE Matt Dotson — before summer session classes start on July 5.
So he has about a week to bask in his high school accomplishments. In three seasons for Western, White passed for 823 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed for 786 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 102 passes for 1,853 yards and 18 touchdowns.
On the basketball court, White made a habit of dunking on opponents and forcefully rejecting those who tried to attack his rim. He helped lead the Warriors to a 19-7 record as a senior.
And it seemed fitting that he would wrap things up by showing his athletic versatility on the track and in the field. He first posted a 20-foot, 8.75-inch long jump, placing him 13th at the event. He then competed in the relay, giving his team a strong second leg in what would eventually be a 42.93-second performance.
The multi-sport days have come to an end. And though the finality hasn’t set in yet, the anticipation of what’s to come sure has.
“I’m excited for it,” White said of his future at Michigan State. I’m ready to go.”