Scholar Athlete: Kylee Carter

A couple of years ago, Kylee Carter didn’t even know what track and field really was. In fact, her career started when her teacher at the time approached her about competing for the team.

“Can you high jump? I said I don’t know what that is but I can try,” said Carter. “And then when they found out I could high jump, they asked can you long jump, can you triple jump, can you throw javelin, and I said I could try. So, just kind of a trial and error kind of thing.”

Well, that trial and error turned into a full-time gig. Since that day, Kylee has grabbed 11 individual state titles, two individual runners-up titles and was a part of two girls state team championships. A resume that’s still being added to as she wraps up her senior season with the Lady Hornets, competing at state in the next couple of weeks.

“State is what I call my prime-time,” Carter said. “It’s definitely when I do my best. The pressure’s there, the competition’s there, it just always goes together really good.”

And if you think she’s just a stellar athlete, think again. Carter was recently named her class Valedictorian after earning a 4.0 GPA. She says she puts just as much, if not more, time and effort into her schoolwork.

“Going to college, it’s not just how high can I jump, how far can I throw,” she said. “It’s how smart am I gonna be and my education is what’s gonna lay the foundation for the rest of my life.”

And the rest of her life looks pretty good so far. In a couple of weeks, Kylee will be signing a scholarship with Auburn University in the sport of track and field. It’s just one of the many Division I and other offers she’s gotten. She says the days she signs that dotted line, it’ll speak volumes for all she’s accomplished.

“It’s like when your dreams turn into a reality, it’s kind of hard to fathom it sometimes but we worked hard to get here.”

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