Central's Kemiah Hampton signs with Texas College

Central's Kemiah Hampton signs with Texas College
Source: KTRE Sports

CENTRAL, TX (KTRE) - Kemiah Hampton is a trailblazer on two different fronts.

Hampton is the first Central girls track athlete to sign with a four year college. She is also going to be the first person from her family to go to college. Hampton signed to run track with Texas College in Tyler.

"I am happy that my mom is here to see it with me and she can see that I am doing something good. I like that the school reminded me of Central. It is not very  big and everyone was welcoming. It is also close to home with it being in Tyler. I will be back down every weekend."

The goal of running college track started for Hampton before she was in high school.

"I thought I could do this in sixth grade. I wasn't sure but the coaches saw something in me that I didn't. I started pushing my self and training so I could get the times I needed for the college level.

"She is driven in a race," coach Jason Myers said. "She does not like to lose. She is a team player. She has stepped up big this year and worked on relays and helped get the team to regionals. She was a team leader."

Hampton is looking to major in education and minor in criminal justice.

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