On November 12, Monroe City High School Senior, Dominic Sprague signed a letter of intent with the Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa to take his talent in Track and Field to the next level. Sprague stated, “I am excited to throw discus at the next level.”
Together, Sprague and his parents, Aaron and Melissa Utterback, along with his Track and Field Coach David Kirby gathered in the high school lobby to watch Sprague sign a written commitment to further his discus talent and education.
Sprague started throwing discus as a freshman for MCHS. He stated, “My freshman year Coach Kirby showed me a recruitment app I could use on my phone. I updated my discus scores from every meet for the last three track season.”
As colleges started sending interest, Sprague explained he began to research each of them. On October 15, Sprague and his parents visited Indian Hills Community College for Senior Day, adding, “It is a really nice campus.”
Sprague took a second trip to Iowa to meet with the Indian Hills Track and Field Head Coach Brent Ewing. Sprague shared the college has a great track record and the athletes get a lot of one on one time, stating, “That has always been important to me.”
Sprague admitted he was excited to be moving somewhere he has never been before, but also hesitant stating, “I will be away from my parents and siblings and being in a dorm with people I don’t know.”
Sprague’s current furthest throw is 143 feet 7 inches and will enter into this track season with more on his mind than just making it to the state competition. He stated, “The college will offer me a scholarship if I throw a 149 mark at one meet during the season. The higher the throw the higher the scholarship.”
Sprague has been to State for Discus two times placing fifth and first in both sectionals and districts.
Sprague’s mother, Melissa stated, “I am excited and proud of Dominic. I am glad the college is only going to be two and one-half hours away.”