After signing with UH, Lufkin track star has plenty to prove

By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -  More than 30 gold medals. Two district championships. A state title. And now, a college scholarship. Lufkin's Amber Sellers has accomplished plenty. But there's still more to prove.

"I've been very productive and I still have a lot to go through," Sellers said. "I have another year to accomplish more things and get better."

Sellers leaped one hurdle Wednesday when she signed to continue her track career at the University of Houston, the alma mater of former world record holders Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell. In fact, it was Burrell, now the head coach of the Houston track program, who played a big part in Sellers' decision to become a Cougar.

"Their track program is very great," Sellers said. "They have good coaches that support what they're doing. It seemed like a perfect fit for me."

Sellers will go down in Panther history as one of its greatest athletes. But, she excels off the track, too.

"Amber is just talented on a number of levels," Lufkin girls track coach Jerri Boyd said. "She excels academically, she's got religious commitments, she works, she's got great parents. She just excels at everything she does."

Sellers set the bar high for herself her sophomore year when she won state. Last year, she fell short of that bar, finishing fourth. But this year she is set on getting that gold back, in the 300 hurdles. Sellers explains what it is she loves about that race.

"The hurdles make it better," she said. "It puts more in it, it shows you're determined. An obstacle isn't anything to run."

The same could be said of the challenges in sellers' life. Mere hurdles.

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