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Brandt Signs Letter of Intent For Doane College Track & Field

By Leesa K. Bartu
Exeter Signal Correspondent

Trystan Brandt likes to get a jump on things, and by jump we mean long jump.
Brandt holds the school record at Exeter-Milligan for long jump (21-feet, 3.5 inches) and triple jump (42-8.25) and brought home silver medals from Burke last year.
On Wednesday, March 8, Brandt signed a Letter of Intent to join the track and field team at Doane University.
Coach Fye welcomed him to the team, “He will fit right in with the other kids from Exeter.”
He noted the success that Brandt had at the NSAA State Track & Field Championships last year and the interaction he has shared with Brandt at some of the Doane camps.
“When you do things like that (medal at state) you are doing the right thing," Fye said.  "Trystan is a good character kid, which is what we are looking for on our team.”
Fye plans to have Brandt focus on his jumping.
“He might be doing a little bit of hurdles," the Doane coach said.  "We bring kids in and they have their specialty events.  With 150 kids on the team, we don’t have to spread them as thin as they do in high school.”
At Exeter-Milligan, Brandt appreciated that he “was able to try out a bunch of different events to see what I was good at.”
Exeter-Milligan head boys track coach Brian Murphy sees success for Brandt at Doane.
“He will work hard," Murphy said. "He is a coachable athlete and has natural abilities running and jumping.”
Brandt is looking forward to the experience.
“It will be a challenge going from a small school to a lot of people and getting used to a strict training regimen," Brandt said.
Murphy is confident in Brandt’s success on the playing field and in the classroom.  
"Trystan (Brandt) has taken advantage of what is offered at Exeter-Milligan," the Timberwolf coach said. "He has been successful in the classroom. Also, his success has carried over into a wide variety of extra-curricular activities he has been involved in here.”
Brandt plans to major in computer science and environmental science while at Doane.