Sunday, July 13, 2014
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Morgan Hubbard (seated, in center) recently signed a track and field scholarship with the University of South Carolina. Special photo
After a standout high school track and field career, Morgan Hubbard made official her collegiate plans. Hubbard, a recent Heritage High School graduate, signed an athletic scholarship to compete with the track and field team at the University of South Carolina.
Hubbard will arrive at the Columbia, South Carolina school with plenty of credentials. As a junior in 2013, she won the Class AAAAA state championship in the 300-hurdles, running in 43.84, then repeated the feat as a senior, besting her time with a run of 42.94. Hubbard also was a fifth-place finisher at the state level in the 100-hurdles in 2013, running in 15.05. Hubbard was also a three-time region champion, winning the 300-hurdle title as a junior and a senior and the 100-hurdle crown this past April.
Now, the Conyers native will head to the Southeastern Conference and join a Gamecocks team that finished 12th at the league’s outdoor championships this past season.
Hubbard’s coaches at Heritage, Pstrick Kicklighter and Jeremy Easley, spoke highly of their star hurdler.
“Morgan is just that perfect teen that you want to coach and teach. I had the privilege of doing both,” said Kicklighter. “She is a true leader and always gave it her all on the track and in the classroom.”
“As her hurdle coach for both high school track and AAU I got to work a great deal with Morgan. She has this great natural ability, but always worked her hardest to be better,” said Easley. “She will be missed.”
Hubbard will also be an asset in the classroom at South Carolina after finishing her high school career with a 3.5 grade-point average.