Salute to Seniors: Clay Ewing of Hartsville

Name: Clay Ewing
High school: Hartsville
Personal bests: 5,000 meters 16:20, 1600 meters 4:28, 800 meters 1:59, 400 meters 52.3

What is your most memorable race/completion?
I actually have two races that really stand out to me for completely different reasons. The first one was the first race I was able to run in after a 3 season injury and the other was this year's state track meet when I broke 2 minutes in the 800 for the first time. The state meet was so memorable because the other three boys from Lower State all broke two minutes as well. I had raced them many times throughout the year and it was the first time any of us broke that barrier.

Out of all your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
My most standout accomplishment would be becoming valedictorian of my graduating class.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school? 
I wish I had focused more on stretching in XC so I could have possibly prevented injury and had a more successful season in XC.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
I had a knee surgery sophomore year that made me miss sophomore XC, track, and also junior year XC. Once I finally was able to come back to running after COVID, I had one year to do all I could with running.

What will you miss the most?
I will definitely miss the time I got to spend with my teammates and coaches. I really enjoyed the time I got to spend with my dad on runs and all the different places we went to for meets.

Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Enjoy the moment! Enjoy everything you can about this sport because it will be over one day. This is an amazing sport and it has brought me so much joy in my life.

How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals?
My coaches, Paul Rogers and my dad, have shown me to never give up on anything in life and that goes along with my performance in running as well. They trained me to be a sub 4:30 1600 meter runner and a sub two 800 meter runner.

What kind of impact did your family have on your time as a high school student-athlete? 
My parents have always been supportive in all of my endeavors in life and have helped me realize to always trust in God and His plans for you. My mom would always be cheering for me in the stands and motivating me during my long-term injury. My dad was always pushing me to do my best and has helped me learn so much about life and all it has to offer.

What is your college or post-high school plans?
I will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall and will be majoring in mathematics.

What do you hope to achieve after high school? 
I hope to enjoy my time at college and make life-long friendships while obtaining a great education. I also want to have a happy life with an amazing family by my side.

Do you see yourself coaching in the future? Please explain and if so, what level and why? 
If I were to ever coach it would be like how my father did for me. I would be a volunteer coach if one of my children showed an interest in running and wanted me to be a part of their running career as a coach.


I would like to shout-out to my coach, Paul Rogers, and to my grandfather. They have been there as mentors in running since I was in the seventh grade. They have helped show me that I should never give up and to never be scared to hurt during a race or life in general.

If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
I would love to be on the show Survivor because that is my absolute favorite show and that would be an amazing experience to have.