By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
Cedar High’s Trenton Maurer had two built-in advantages when it came down to making a choice for college to apply his talents in track and field. He lives a block from the Southern Utah campus and his older sister – fellow alum Shaye Maurer-Springall – is an assistant coach for the T-Birds team.
It all added up to his own winning moment as Maurer signed his letter of intent April 18 to join the SUU track program before family, friends and teammates at the CHS campus. Maurer was a running back for the Redmen football team, but knew track and field was his true passion. Shaye was a role model from the start.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I looked up to her and always thought it was so cool she could go to college,” Maurer said. “Growing up a block from SUU, it was always a part of my heart that I wanted to go and run for them. That’s the main reason.”
In addition to the close proximity of SUU to his home, Maurer’s passion is with track and field.
“I had a great time playing football, but I really love track,” he said.
Maurer is undecided on a course of study. He had interest from other schools, including for football, but didn’t have any desire to go anywhere else.
“I listened to them, but I already knew what I was going to do,” Maurer said.
Maurer described head coach Eric Houle as “funny with a warm personality,” but Shaye Maurer knew she didn’t have to sway her little brother.
“He was interested from the beginning. I didn’t have to encourage him that much,” she said. “He just kept getting faster and faster and really wanted to go to SUU. I’m excited about that. We needed a hurdler, and he’s one of the best ones out there.”
Maurer finished third in the finals of last year’s 3A state meet in the 110-meter hurdles at BYU, finishing with a time of 15.25 seconds behind Weber State commit Carter Reynolds of Desert Hills and Richfield’s Josh Thomas.