– Nathan and Matt Lumley aim to power the Waldorf University men’s track and field team in throwing events during the next four years.
The two brothers, who are Ames High School seniors, signed letters of intent with the Warriors on Wednesday.
“Nathan and Matt are going to be excellent additions to the program,” Waldorf interim head coach Kaylen White said. “They have great attitudes and work hard. They’ve both seen a lot of success already with huge PRs and continuous improvement.”
A three-year varsity letter winner at Ames, Nathan Lumley has had a standout career in the discus and shot put. He set a personal record (PR) in the discus with a 155-foot throw during Tuesday’s Yuska Relays at Waterloo and also owns a personal-best of 43 feet, 10.75 in the shot. Debuting with the Warriors during the indoor season next winter, Nathan Lumley is ready to make the most of competing at the collegiate level.
“It gives me the opportunity to continue to put more into the sport that I’ve put the most of my time and effort into,” Nathan Lumley said.
Matt Lumley has also exceled in throws for the Little Cyclones, earning varsity letters the past two seasons while competing in the discus and shot. He delivered a PR in the discus with a 142-foot-10.5-inch launch during last Thursday’s Hi-Covey Relays in Ames and also recorded a personal-best toss of 41 feet, 4.75 in the shot during the Kenny Dean Invitational on April 7 in Marshalltown. Just like his brother, Matt Lumley is eager to further develop his skills when he joins the Warriors.
“It gives me a chance to continue to get better on a higher level in a sport that I love,” Matt Lumley said.
The Ames duo looks to punch their tickets to next month’s Class 4A state meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Matt and Nathan Lumley are the sons of Chris and Shannon Lumley. They’ll both pursue degrees in music education at Waldorf. Matt Lumley said he chose to become a Warrior because of the opportunity to continue his athletic career while studying music. Nathan Lumley is excited to “continue to help build up a program” as Waldorf’s young track and field program enters its fourth season of competition during the 2017-18 academic year.
The Lumley brothers become the first throwers to help bolster Waldorf’s incoming recruiting class. White, who’s in her first season with the Warriors, expects their strong work ethic, demeanor and commitment to furthering themselves as student-athletes to pay dividends for the program in the coming years.
“In addition to talent and hard work, they are very technical, so they analyze and understand each movement they use in a throw and how that impacts their performance,” White said. “Their positive attitude and demeanor will fit in really well to our team’s culture. Matt and Nathan are a great fit for our team and I can’t wait to see how they do next year.”