Running, jumping red devil off to college
Two days before she competes in three events in the AAA Upper State Track Meet, Clinton High senior Cynthia McHam has announced her decision to attend Limestone College - UPDATE: McHam qualified for the State Meet in high jump and long jump.
She signed a National Letter of Intent this morning to join the Saints track team - she said running the track at Limestone was an "at-home" feeling, like running the Clinton High track.
"I felt like when I went there, they were like family," said McHam, the 10th Red Devil this academic year to sign on with a collegiate athletic program. A 3-year track performer and Red Devil girls basketball standout, McHam is one of 20 Clinton track and field athletes to compete in the State Meet Qualifier, to be held Saturday at Lower Richland High School near Columbia.
McHam will compete in high jump, long jump and triple jump - also the events the Limestone track coaches have told her to concentrate on at the collegiate level. She said her "mind" is what she needs to work on most - McHam said she can get frustrated with a less than perfect performance in one event, and that can carry over to her next event.
Her biggest improvement this spring has been in the long jump - her "main event" is the high jump. She said the triple jump (once known as the hop, skip, jump) is all about muscle memory, converting from one style to another to another in the same jump. McHam has past experience at the State Meet in her jumping events.
The Limestone coaches, she said, "told me to do my best, run my hardest." The Saints have an emerging sports program at the private college, adding collegiate football most recently. McHam said she will major in criminal justice and is considering a career in the FBI.
McHam said it has been difficult to enjoy the spring track season - the Red Devil girls placed 3rd in the Region Meet - with all the distractions of senior year, including deciding on a college. With that decision made - the team's region placement decided, the County Championship against Laurens won by Clinton - she can focus on herself, what she needs to do the final times she will step out onto a high school track.