When Belleville East senior William Session left on his recruiting trip to the University of Indiana a little over a month ago, he had no idea what his future would bring.
Two days later, Session was certain. One of the top-ranked high school combination athletes in the nation in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles, he decided the Indiana Hoosiers men’s track and field program was the right fit.
“As soon as I got back from my visit, I knew Indiana was the place for me,” Session said Thursday. “I liked everything about it. It’s away from home, but not too far. It’s got what I want to study, which is sports broadcasting, and it’s a track program which I think is on the rise.”
Before a small group of family, friends, coaches and Belleville East adminstration, Session signed his national letter-of-intent to spend the next four years of his life in Bloomington, Ind. Wearing a black and red IU warmup jacket and a big smile, Session posed for pictures following the brief ceremony.
“I’m very happy for William and his family,” Lancers coach Kevin Anderson said. “Indiana was very strong a few years ago and now after a short time, I think its a program which will continue to get stronger in the future. They already have a very good group of distance runners.
“I think its a good choice for William, first and foremost in terms of academics, but also socially and athletically.”
Session, who also made visits to Miami (Fla.) University and Florida A & M, has competed in national meets during the summer for the past few years and last summer turned in a time of 52 seconds in the 400 meters. That time came after Session won the Class 3A 110-meter state title and placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at the state meet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Session’s winning time at state was 14.25 seconds, but Anderson said his senior standout has run a personal best time of 13.81 seconds.
“What is William’s best event? Well before this summer I would have said the 110 (hurdles), but after he ran the 52 second time in the 400, I’m not sure,” Anderson said. “I know most people see him in the 110’s, but I can see him doing both the 110 and 400. I think they (Indiana) are also looking at him in 100 and 200 meters and made a relay or two.”
Like Anderson, Session isn’t sure what his best event will be while competing in the Big 10 Conference. But the outgoing Session is sure how he needs to improve to become an elite NCAA Division I athlete.
“How I need to improve is to come out of the blocks with more power and maybe go harder between the hurdles,” Session said. “It’s good to have this decision over. My goals this season are to win both the 110 and 300 meters at state and hopefully help my team make the finals in the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays.”
Davidson commits to Illinois
O’Fallon native and St. Louis University High School standout Dustan Davidson has committed to the University of Illinois where he will compete on the Fighting Illini’s track and cross country programs.
Davidson has the fastest returning 800 meter time — 1 minute, 51.97 seconds — for the St. Louis area heading into the ‘16 track and field season.