Madison’s Bryce Foy competes during the 100-meter dash during his junior season in 2019. Foy recently signed to run track at the University of Indianapolis. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
Madison’s Bryce Foy competes during the 100-meter dash during his junior season in 2019. Foy recently signed to run track at the University of Indianapolis. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
Bryce Foy comes from a football family. A Hanover College football family to be precise. So when the Madison High School senior began the process of deciding where he was going to go to college, the school down the road was an obvious choice.

But in the end Foy made the decision that was the best for him and not only was it not going to Hanover, it wasn’t for football at all.

Foy signed his National Letter of Intent to run track & field at the University of Indianapolis on Friday, ending a process that took him right down to the deadline. A standout football player at Madison, Foy had always dreamed of playing for his father at Hanover, but it was track & field that won the day.

“It’s been a long journey, it feels like, from the start,” said Foy, who’s father Mike has been an assistant football coach at Hanover for over 20 years. “I’ve been playing football my whole life so this has been a tough decision to give up that. It was down to Hanover and UIndy and I just decided that UIndy was the place for me.”

Foy authored some of the biggest moments for Madison’s football team over the past several seasons, but it was his accomplishments on the track that truly stood out. A three-time Most Valuable Sprinter for the Cubs, Foy was set to have a spectacular senior season before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled virtually the entire season.

“There is a very good chance he was going to be our Most Valuable Sprinter again this year and that would mean he would have been that for all four years,” longtime Madison boys track & field coach Scott Holcroft said. “We’ve had some really good sprinters to come through here and for him to be a four-time winner really says something.”

Running in the most competitive events in track and in one of the toughest sectionals in the state, Foy failed to win a sectional or regional title in his three years but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have success. He qualified for the regional a year ago and looked set up for a trip to the state finals when an injury suffered during practice that week ended his season.

Foy opened this year by posting his fastest-ever time in the 60-meter dash in the Cubs’ first indoor meet of the season but it proved to be his final race. Madison’s next meet was canceled because of concerns with the COVID-19 virus and eventually the season followed.

“He was going to have a great year,” Holcroft said. “He started it out so well and I really think this was the year that he was going to make it to Bloomington (for the state finals). The good thing is that he at least got to compete in a meet during his senior season. Not a lot of people can say that.”

For Foy, the one-on-one competition is what drives him to track. While he loves football passionately, there is something about facing another competitor in a solo battle to see who is the best.

“I feel like you get out of it what you put into it,” Foy said. “Yes, you run on relays with teammates, but a lot of it is individual and however much work you put into it is how fast you’re going to run. That’s something that really drew me toward track.”

Still, making the decision wasn’t easy. He didn’t decide on Indianapolis until Wednesday, bringing the decision down to the wire. But he said that his father supported him the entire way.

“He told me from the start that I could go anywhere I wanted. He took me to multiple other schools. He just didn’t want me to play at a school in their conference,” Foy said with a smile. “I went to a lot of football camps and he just wanted me to go to where I felt at home.”

Foy said he’s thinking about majoring in either exercise science or business but hasn’t decided yet. He’s just excited to be able to get back on the track.

“It’s been rough not having my senior year but this is great,” Foy said. “I just know that I have four more years of getting to run so, that’s good to know.”