PLYMOUTH – Yohoni Torres, a member of the 2018 Class of Plymouth High School, has decided to continue his education and cross country career at Indiana University South Bend. Yohoni signed a letter-of-intent with IUSB Tuesday afternoon at Plymouth High School.
Yohoni is the son of Maria Torres. Yohoni plans to major in Social Work at IUSB. Yohoni is currently ranked 98th in his class of 247 students. His GPA is 3.252. He plans to pursue a career in social work.
“Its a diverse college and it’s close to home,” said Torres of his choice. “I’ve got friends who go there and they enjoy and I was told they have one of the best programs for social work around. That caught my eye.”
“We run in one of the toughest conferences in the country. Two of the top four teams in the country run in our conference.We need guys like Yohoni to get where we want to be,” said IUSB coach Rob Carrasco. “I think he’s got a desire, a fire in his belly to get better. I see that and I love coaching guys like that. I really can’t wait to get him into school and get him started training.”
Torres had a strong season at PHS in the fall and looks forward to continuing his running.
the thing I like about running is that it’s about mental toughness,” he said. “Many people think it looks easy but in reality it really isn’t. I like to go out and enjoy the run. It makes me feel free and alive.”
Family, community and helping others is also high on the priority list for the Plymouth senior as he looks at his future career choice.
“Being able to help others is important,” he said. “I’m planning on coming back (to PHS) after I have my masters and work here so I can help the incoming hispanic students, especially the ones who don’t speak a lot of English so that they don’t feel alone.”
IUSB is a member of the NAIA along with being a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Other members of the conference include Calumet College of St. Joseph, Cardinal Stritch University, Governor’s State University, Holy Cross College, Judson University, Olivet Nazarene University, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, and St. Xavier University.
The 2018 IUSB Cross Country season will begin in mid-August. Their first meet will be in early September. Last year IUSB was scheduled to participate in five cross country invitationals.
“This is a really good day,” said Torres of his signing. “I’m just really happy and grateful for my ‘running family’, and thankful that they’ve always been there for me.”