CROWLEY – Rontrevius Foreman’s true passion is dance.
And the Crowley High senior, who has been the school’s mascot for the last three years, isn’t shy about displaying his talents on the sidelines during football games or at center court during halftime at basketball games.
But Foreman also has another passion - running.
And, just like his dancing talents, he is pretty good at running as well.
So much so, in fact, that his dreams of attending college for dance were put on hold Wednesday when he signed a National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track at the University of New Orleans beginning in the fall.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said Foreman of becoming a college athlete. “But this is a great opportunity for me.”
“I applied to the University of Southern Miss for dancing and I found out that I was accepted later in the day after I signed with UNO. It was kind of bittersweet, but my second passion is running so I’ll roll with that.”
UNO got their first glimpse of Foreman in November when head coach Ty Sevin and assistant coach Katherine Hoskins stopped in Natchitoches for the Class 3A state cross country meet.
It just so happened that Foreman posted his season best time over the 3 mile course. He ran a 17:01.17 to place fifth in the field of 113 runners.
“He (Foreman) kind of opened our eyes at the state meet and we wanted to talk to him and see what his plans were for next year,” said Hoskins. “We are pretty excited about him. He has a lot of energy to bring to the sport and that’s what you have to have coming into the college level.”
For Foreman, who was being recruited by the University of Dallas and McNeese, UNO stepped in at just right time.
“They told me that I run pretty good and they wanted me to consider going to their school,” said Foreman. “I had some other schools that showed interest in me, but I didn’t really want to go to those schools. So, UNO kind of came in and saved the day.”
Foreman’s career has been eventful up to this point. As a sophomore he qualified and competed in the Class 3A state track and field championships, placing seventh in the mile and eighth in the two-mile. Last year, he placed fourth in the 300-hurdles at the state meet and sixth in the mile.
Foreman also excels off the track. He currently has a 3.278 grade point average and is the Student Council, senior class and Art club President.
He was recently voted the 2012-13 CHS Gentleman by his classmates.
Foreman, the son of Teressa Sam and Terry Foreman of Crowley, plans to major in film, theatre and communication.