Legendary college head football coach Lou Holtz once said “Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

If that’s to be believed, which it is, then Quincy senior Ian Trall’s future is full of nothing but success.

Because of his ability on the track, because of his motivation to be the best, and because of his hard work, dedication and attitude, Trall is poised to do big things in the future and recently the all-world Oriole athlete made his decision on where to take those considerable talents, having signed his letter of intent to compete at Grand Valley State University.

“I chose Grand Valley State because of several reason, one they have a good Exercise Science program and also that I am able to compete in track,” said Trall.

Trall has long been one of the top athletes for the Quincy track and field program and was poised for a huge senior season before the Covid-19 outbreak cancelled all spring sports in Michigan. Trall excelled in a number of events, including both hurdle distances, the high jump and a few sprints, having been a member of the state qualifying 4X100 meter relay team. It is because of this tremendous range of talent and overall athleticism that Trall will chase a new endeavor to the collegiate ranks, as he will compete in the Decathlon for the Lakers.

“I am competing in the Decathlon because I am a very versatile athlete,” said Trall. “I ran cross country so I can run distance, I high jumped 6 feet, 1 inch my junior year, and I excelled at hurdles. The Decathlon will be a fun challenge learning new events.”

The Decathlon is an event that does indeed test the overall athleticism of a competitor, combining 10 different disciplines into one long, most of the time two day, event. Athletes will compete in the 100 meter dash, the Long Jump, the Shot Put, the High Jump, the 400 meter dash, the 110 meter hurdles, the Discus, the Pole Vault, the Javelin Throw and the 1500 meter run, with points awarded for placement in each event. The athlete with the highest point total at the end of the 10 discipline event is the winner.

For Trall the transition from hurdles to the Decathlon should not be a difficult one, as Trall is a multi-sport athlete who has earned numerous varsity letters throughout his career. Trall competed for the Quincy Cross Country team in the fall, the four time Big 8 conference champion Quincy basketball team in the winter, and the Quincy track and field team throughout his four year career, and he did so with impressive results.

With all the success Trall had in the fall and winter seasons, it was in the spring where he really excelled as he was one of the very best when it comes to the hurdles in not only the area or conference, but in the state.

During his junior season Trall put together an impressive season mastering the hurdles, qualifying for the Division Three State Finals in both the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles. Trall was borderline dominant in both distances, earning big points for the Orioles throughout the season.

Among Trall’s accomplishments in the 100 hurdles was a second place finish at the Pork Weiss Invitational; a second place finish at the Comstock Invitational; a second place finish at the Union City Invite; a third place finish at the Quincy All-Sports Day; a third place finish at the Constantine Invitational; a second place finish at the MHSAA Division Three Regionals; a first place finish in the Big 8 Conference Meet; a first place finish in the Daily Reporter Branch County Honor Roll Meet; and finally a thirteenth place finish at the Division Three State Finals.

Trall’s season best time in the 100 hurdles also turned out to be his career best time, as he ran a time of 15.34 seconds in his Big 8 conference championship win.

Trall had just as much success in the longer hurdle discipline, also qualifying for the state finals in the 300 hurdles while adding a number of big points. Among his best efforts throughout the season were a third place finish at the Pork Weiss Invitational; a third place finish at the Comstock Invite; a second place finish at the Union City Invite; a third place finish at the Quincy All-Sports Day Invite; a fifth place finish at the Constantine Invite; a second place finish at the Division Three Regional Competition; a championship in the Big 8 Conference meet; a gold medal in the Daily Reporter Branch County Honor Roll Meet; and a ninth place finish at the Division Three State Finals.

Trall’s season best time in the 300 hurdles also turned out to be his career best as he ran a time of 41.91 seconds in his Big 8 conference championship win.

Trall also had a solid season in the High Jump pit, with some of his senior highlights including in the opening meet when he set a new personal record with a winning jump of 6 feet, 1 inch in a tri-meet at Pittsford; a second place finish at the Pork Weiss; a third place finish at the Comstock Invite; a fifth place finish at the Union City Invite; a second place finish at the Quincy All Sports Day; a fifth place finish at the Constantine Invite; a sixth place finish at the MHSAA Division Three Regionals; a second place finish at the Big 8 Conference meet; and a second place finish at the Daily Reporter Branch County Honor Roll Meet.

Trall also joined teammates Axel Beltran, Alex Pickell and Devan Fisher at the MHSAA State Finals in the 400 meter relay after taking runner-up honors at the Regional Meet. The team also finished third at the Big 8 conference meet and first at the Daily Reporter Branch County Honor Roll Meet before finishing in nineteenth place at the MHSAA State Finals.

In addition to his exploits on the track, during his senior season Trall ran for the Oriole cross country team and appeared in 17 games for the Big 8 conference champion Quincy Oriole boys basketball team, playing key minutes off the bench for the perennial District Champions.

Like so many senior athletes around the state, Trall carries with him a little regret for the loss of his final season as a high school athlete. “I regret that I won’t be able to return to State this year for my final attempt at a medal,” remarked Trall.

Despite not having the chance to return to the biggest stage in high school sports in the state of Michigan, Trall’s journey is far from over, as the Lakers are getting in Trall a hard working and dedicated athlete that will do some amazing things at the next level.

Congratulations to Quincy senior Ian Trall for his decision to further his academic and athletic career at Grand Valley State University.

Get to Know Your Recruit

Name: Ian Trall

High School: Quincy

College: Grand Valley State University

Sport: Track and Field, the Decathlon

Major: Exercise Science with the intent on becoming a physical therapist or personal trainer

Favorite Food: Anything meat

Favorite Movie: John Wick Movies

Favorite TV Show: Adventure Time

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favorite Memory: “My greatest memory of QHS is being a part of the basketball team and winning the conference championship four years in a row.”- Ian Trall