Ezekiel Herndon excels in football, on the track and in the classroom
By Jon D. Gaede
BLOOMINGTON - The Herndon family has produced their share of athletes, especially in track and field. Bloomington’s Ezekiel Herndon is the latest in that long line. His father Ruben and uncle Jerry both attended and competed on the track at UCLA. His mother Lavetta was an accomplished sprinter in high school. Ezekiel’s brother Jamal, played football at Northern Iowa. For those who follow the sport, you may recall that it was Jerry Herndon who won the Pac-10 championship in the long jump. Herndon’s freshman leap was 26’4” far better than the eventual olympic champion, in 1974.
Ezekiel, a Bloomington High School senior, has committed to South Dakota State University, where he will play football in the fall. The SDSU Jackrabbits compete in college football’s Missouri Valley Conference. Herndon, a three time All Conference receiver is blessed with superior skills. He set a school mark of 2,500 return yards on special teams, six of them for touchdowns. Ezekiel’s ability to catch the ball and run with it, caught the eye of the South Dakota State NCAA Division I football program. He hauled in an impressive 56 passes for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a defensive back, he had a nifty seven interceptions. Like his mother, father and uncle, Ezekiel also makes his statement on the track. In this olympic year, Ezekiel is currently competing in high school track’s second season. Entered in the Sunkist League Finals the 100m and 200m races, Ezekiel took second in both.
Herndon holds school records in the 100m, 200m and 400m. His 2012 personal bests are 11.04 in the 100m and 22.04 in the 200m. With sprinters speed, power and agility, Herndon possesses all the tools to excel at the next level.
A standout student, Ezekiel has dedicated himself to the classroom as well. He has recently raised his GPA to 3.8. He plans to major in Mass Communications at South Dakota and is very anxious to get on with that next phase of his life. Herndon competed in his specialty sprint races last Saturday at the CIF Southern Section Prelims, at Trabuco Hills. At this point, he plans to continue to train and compete in Track & Field at South Dakota State.
Ezekiel Herndon is a winner. A success on the gridiron, the track, in the classroom and in life.
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