GROTON — Groton-Dunstable senior sprinter Evan Lexo has shattered his fair share of records while with the Crusaders’ track team.
Those performances earned him trips to Greensboro, N.C. for the Emerging Elite series held at North Carolina A&T during the summer.
On Tuesday morning inside the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School library, Lexo signed his National Letter Of Intent to the United States Naval Academy.
The Naval Academy and Lexo first corresponded last spring, when a letter arrived in the mailbox.
Lexo, prior to that moment, had not spoken with the head coach at Navy. Later came the phone calls, then the official visit.
Operation Naval Academy was in full-swing for Lexo.
“I made an official visit to Annappolis in April,” the G-D senior said. “I was surprised when the letters rolled in that the Navy would be looking at me. There was a lot of interest, so I was very surprised and honored at the same time.”
LThe Groton-Dunstable senior also excelled on the football field as a running back and kick return specialist for Derek Asadoorian’s Crusaders, who gave Shepherd Hill a run for its money in the Division 3 playoffs.
Lexo, who runs the 55-meter for Groton-Dunstable, will be competing in the 100-and-200-meter events for the Rams.
As for the commitment, Lexo is entering the Academy on a five-year plan, which factors in one year of prepatory school at the Naval Academy Prepatory School in Newport, Rhode Island.
While Lexo is not technically a Midshipman, just yet, he will be held to the same standards one at the Academy in Annapolis would.
Lexo signed the dotted line, ensuring that he will serve in the United States Navy for five years following graduation from the Naval Academy.
While he will miss roaming the halls at Groton-Dunstable, Lexo is ready for the next stage of his life.
“It’s weird leaving, but I am ready to go,” Lexo said. “I am not sure what I am going to be doing, yet. I report to NAPS on July 22nd.
“It’s going to be a lot different. I am pretty excited to see what the Navy is like and go to school.”
Life in the United States Armed Forces is not new to the Lexo Family. Evan’s grandfather served in the Army during World War 2. The 93-year-old came into Lexo’s class last year.
“It was a pretty big deal for him to come in and speak to my class and Mr. (Keith) Woods’ class,” Lexo said.
“He was a prisoner of war in World War 2.”
Woods still remembers when Lexo’s grandfather came into his classroom.
“It was awesome,” Woods said. “He had a great story, and he was one of the most appreciative men for having a chance to serve.
That whole generation, we rarely get a chance to tap into those guys.
“He came in kicking field goals — like, ‘hey, I am ready.”‘
Evan is the son of Donna Stemos and Dennis Lexo.
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