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Terence Booth competes at the 2019 Class 1-A state track and field meet. Booth won the 110-meter hurdles as a junior at Rocky Mount Prep. On Tuesday, Booth announced he was committing to run track at East Carolina University next season.

Terence Booth was preparing for his senior track and field season with a new school when spring sports where shut down.

But the lack of organized competition didn’t stop the defending state track champion from thinking about his plans beyond his final high school season. Booth, a senior at Northern Nash, announced via twitter on Tuesday that he is committing to East Carolina University for track and field next season.

“I want to thank Rocky Mount Prep for 11 incredible years with people who I call family now,” Booth said in a twitter post. “As well as Northern Nash where I have reunited with family and friends.”

Booth spent the past 11 years attending Rocky Mount Prep through 11th grade last year. It was then that Booth found himself atop the track and field world when he won the 110-meter hurdles at the Class 1-A state track meet in May of 2019.

He was the first RMP athlete to win a state track championship. He entered finals with the top qualifying time by nearly a second. In finals, his time of 15.22 seconds was enough to hold off the second-place time of 15.49.

Booth’s performance on the state’s biggest stage helped him gain attention from collegiate recruiters.

ECU last competed in the American Athletic Conference indoor championships, and were preparing for the NCAA indoor championships before the spring sports season was canceled.

ECU’s first scheduled meet of the outdoor season was set for March 20-21 at Mount Olive for the Trojan Challenge.