On May 13, the friends and family of Cody Wagner gathered together in the Monroe City High School lobby to celebrate the accomplishment of Wagner receiving an athletic scholarship to attend Iowa Wesleyan University. As everyone gathered together, Wagner sat with his parents, Doug and Alison Wagner, signing his letter of intent.
Wagner is the only athlete in the Monroe City Class of 2021 who has received an athletic scholarship and will be furthering his athletic career at the collegiate level. Wagner stated, “I am really excited to get the opportunity to run track at a higher level. I am looking forward to the experience and making new friends.”
Wagner plans to major in Exercise Science and Wellness, seeking a degree to eventually work as a personal trainer in a gym setting. Wagner added, “There is a lot a person can do with this degree. There are several options to choose from, such as working in Physical Therapy or working as a Strengthening Coach.”
Wagner is the middle child of three and denied being hesitant about moving forward in his new journey and starting college. He added, “Another reason I like this college is because it is close to home.”
Wagner participated on the Monroe City High School Track and Field Team as a Long Jumper and Sprinter, starting the sport his Freshman year. He also participated in Football and Basketball by being the Manager and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Wagner mentioned being inspired by teammates and upper class-men in the past. He said, “C.E. Talton, Zach Osborn and Blake Hays were all really great in track and pushed me to do better. They each provided encouragement for me and were fun to watch.” Coaches played a big role in helping Wagner as well, stating, “Coach (David) Kirby helped with everything, Coach (Laura) Mulvaney was there to show me how to improve my jumps and Coach (Roger) Berry helped me in sprints.”
As Wagner heads off on his next adventure he hopes to keep a good work ethic, stating, “I know I will have to be disciplined in my studies, balancing college and athletics. I am going to try to improve on procrastinating to ensure I will get my stuff done.”