UNION COUNTY — After competing in track and field during her senior year of high school, a Union County graduate will go on to compete at the college level.
On Thursday, Kayleigh Duckett officially signed to compete in Coker College’s brand new women’s track and field program.
Duckett said she is thankful she decided to pursue track and field last year.
“With only one year as a track athlete, this is amazing,” Duckett said.
Union County girls track and field head coach Serina Rice said she is proud of Duckett and her achievements.
“I hope to see great things from her in the future,” Rice said.
Coach Cedric Jeter described Duckett as a hard worker who is talented and accountable.
“She does the stuff people take for granted,” Jeter said.
At state championships, Duckett placed 2nd in the discus throw and 4th in shot put. Coincidentally, she is already ranked in the same spots — 2nd in discus throw and 4th in shot put — in the South Atlantic Conference.
Rice said she hopes to be in the stands cheering on Duckett at the Olympics one day.
Duckett said she has always loved art, and she plans to major in art education at Coker. She took both gifted and talented art and advanced placement art classes at UCHS. Duckett said she would like to go into education and possibly coach one day.