Elgin’s Gage McElhaney – Character Counts Presented By Arvest Bank

The Elgin Character Counts Honor goes to Gage McElhaney, a junior at the high school. McElhaney runs cross-country, plays baseball and has run track in the past.

Elgin Head Cross-Country Coach Jon Hughes calls McElhaney a great leader in both sports and cross-country.

“I just like to push my teammates,” said McElhaney, “we had a lot of underclassmen, that just didn’t know a lot about distance running, so anytime I can help or cheer on my teammates I try to do so.”

McElhaney had a very successful cross-country season during the Fall. He set a personal record in the 5K with a time of 16:31, placing sixth in the state and fourth in the region.

As he looks ahead to the Spring, McElhaney is focusing on baseball after a sophomore season where he was a starting pitcher and hit 85 mph. Gage has big goals for his junior season.

“Hopefully this year I’ll be hitting 87 MPH and I want to be above a .300 batting average, I didn’t play much in the field last year so this year with me being an upper classmen I’ll get more opportunities and hopefully I’ll be able to hit above .300,” said McElhaney.

Outside of sports McElhaney is heavily involved in both FCA and FFA. Gage has spoke during FCA meetings and has gone on a mission trip to Honduras.

“I just try to be a good example;” said McElhaney, “I think when you perform in sports people look to you and I just try to set the tone on what needs to be done and how you carry yourself.”

In FFA Gage shows goats, is on the environmental science team and does public speaking.