Deering senior Alec Troxell, joined by his mother, Alison, sister, Anna, coaches Frank Myatt and Gerry Myatt, and several teammates, signs his National Letter of Intent Thursday to attend and run cross country and track at the University of Maine. 

“It’s very exciting,” said Troxell, who is undecided on a major. “Being at Deering meant everything. I ran for fun as a freshman and I grew to love it. I want to do it the rest of my life.

“I was looking at around five or six schools. (U. Maine) felt right. I really like the team. I love the atmosphere of the program and the campus as well. I’d really like to be in the top five for cross country. In indoor and outdoor, I hope to be right up there.”

“Alec really embodies what we try to do here at Deering,” said Frank Myatt. “He’s a student of the sport. He decided he wanted to be great and his hard work paid off. He deserves this. He’s extremely talented and he’ll work hard. He’ll compete well in that conference. We’ll definitely miss him going forward. He’s tough to replace.”