A track athlete from Douglas County just got home after speeding his way into the NCAA tournament.
Wade Meddles of Gardnerville is now an All-American runner placing 11th at the NCAA Championships in Oregon.
He practices at the same track at Carson High where he used to often train.
"People don't understand until you do it and it gets something pumping in your blood. It's really cool."
He started running his freshman year at Smith Valley high in Lyon County then went to school at Sierra Lutheran in Minden.
"Locally, we always were really competitive."
He makes it look easy now but it wasn't always, Wade hurt his hip and was down for three months in college at Azusa Pacific.
"When you base your life around running, you feel useless kind of like a horse that lost its worth."
Worried his running career was over, Wade got a call from Eastern Kentucky University willing to take him despite injury.
Now he's running long distances with an even faster pace. Training up to 100 miles a week.
"Having light shoes and being able to be quick on your feet really makes a difference."
At nationals he ran a 5k, just more than 3 miles in 14 minutes and 5 seconds, getting 11th place and second team All-American.
"As each year goes you get a little smarter."
Now this local runner who just wanted something to do during football's off season is soaring to new speeds as he starts his senior year.
Wade is now driving all the way to Kentucky to start training for his senior year. He hopes to go pro after college.
Written by Neda Iranpour