Covington High School track coach Kyle Moore couldn't have put it any better when describing Lane White, who recently signed his National Letter of Intent to run at Hilldale College.
"I've never met a kid more self guided," Moore said. "The last two years he has trained year around for this - some workouts I give him and other workouts he does on his own at Enhance U. He's the most driven kid I've ever seen."
White's drive and commitment has led to a stellar high school career - with his senior season still ahead of him. He owns several school records, including a 49.03 in the 400 meter dash that broke Kelly Deeter's record of 30 years ago. He also has two state medals, placing 4th in the 400 as a sophomore and 3rd as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team as a junior.
Still, White has some unfinished business as he was one of the favorites to challenge for the 400 meter dash title as a junior, only to see that opportunity slip away due to a hamstring injury midway through the season.
Fortunately for White, the exposure he received from competing in off-season indoor meets led to interest from several Division I colleges, but a visit to Division II Hillsdale sealed White's future after high school.
"When I went up there I was sold immediately," White said of his visit with Hillsdale. "I like the principles and what they stand for, their individuality and conservative values. The coach that recruited me (Andrew Townes) is awesome."
Lane's parent's, Dan and Kami White, couldn't be happier.
"It's been fulfilling seeing him accomplish his goals," said Dan White. "We're confident he'll excel in college because the people who will be around him have the same goals."
Getting to where he is now has been a long, hard road.
"It's been a group effort with him and his coaches," said Kami. "There's been a lot of miles. He's traveled all over to see the best competition possible."
The potential was always there for Lane, way back to junior high, but that potential was realized when he started training with Tramain Hall at Enhance U two years ago.
"Enhance U has changed my life," said Lane. "Training with Tramain (Hall) and Ashley (Wiggins) has made me a much better runner. They focus on my explosiveness out of the blocks and my running form a lot and that has helped me lower my times significantly."
Due to his work ethic and the results White has seen on the track, Moore has seen the impact it has had on the other kids on the team.
"Lane definitely motivates other kids," Moore said. "You have other kids see what he's able to do through hard work and it becomes contagious. Other kids start working harder and setting personal bests. The kids are seeing what it takes to be really good through Lane."
And even though White knows his collegiate future is secure, he isn't resting on his laurels because he wants to finish what he started when he set a goal entering high school as a freshman.
"I want to go to state in the 100, 200 and 400 this year and hopefully win them all," he said. "The 400 especially. That's the one I want."
With Lane White's drive, don't be surprised if he gets what he wants.