Sonora High School’s Evan Shannon didn’t have to go far from home to continue his running career at the college level.

Shannon signed a National Letter of Intent to run track for Division I University of the Incarnate Word Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Shannon is the son of Savelle and Shelly Shannon of Sonora.

The state qualifier is a multi sport athlete.

When he’s not focused on track, he participates in Cross Country, football, basketball and golf.

Standing before a crowd of family, friends and coaches, Shannon thanked them all for their “life-long support” of him. Attributing his success to their love and support he said, “It’s just all kind of built up to this moment.”

Shannon gave special thanks to his family.

“I want to thank my parents for supporting me and letting me go my own way and make my own decisions,” Shannon said. “Thank you for letting me go to track meets alone and going to track meets with me. This is kind of the first real adult decision that you have to make – choosing a college. Thank you for supporting me.”

Congratulating Shannon on his accomplishment, Athletic director Jeff Cordell said Shannon’s opportunity to continue his track career in mid and long distance races at the Division I program at U.I.W. isn’t something that happened overnight -it took a lot of time, commitment and dedication.

“If you know Evan, whether it’s summer, spring or winter, he’s out there pounding the streets in Sonora trying to be the best athlete that he can be,” Cordell said. “His accomplishments have proven that he’s one of the best in the state of Texas.”

Coach Eddie Favila who has been a part of Shannon’s junior high and high school track success said he considers it a “great honor” to have been a part of Shannon’s life.

“I feel blessed,” Favila said. “When we first started running with Evan back in junior high he ran for 300 hurdles and was a distance kid and that was the direction we were going to go until we got to high school. Then we decided that we were going to make him a distance kid and from that point on it was history. We knew that was where he was going. I told him he was going to commit to this and I will commit to you. I told him I will not retire until you finish – so here we are.”

Favila also helped in getting Shannon noticed by Head Coach Derek Riedel of U.I.W.

He said Riedel was immediately interested in Shannon and heavily recruited him to join the track team at U.I.W.

In closing, Cordell and Favila both agreed that a person doesn’t get to this level and have this opportunity just based on their athletic ability alone.

Shannon is an example of someone who takes care of business in the classroom as well achieving athletic excellence.

“Evan is the epitome of what a student athlete is all about,” Cordell said.

Shannon is the second Sonora athlete to sign a letter of intent with a Division I program this year. Camille Harris signed with the Division I University of Houston earlier in the year.

Congratulations Evan!