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Hines Players of the Year: Wilson Hall's Kayla Porter, Sumter High's Ja'Kheem Heyward

Posted 7/23/19

JA’KHEEM HEYWARDSumter High SchoolBoys Track and FieldThe senior finished second in the 5A state meet in the long lump with a jump of 24 feet, 2.25 inches and won the event in the Bojangles …

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Hines Players of the Year: Wilson Hall's Kayla Porter, Sumter High's Ja'Kheem Heyward

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JA’KHEEM HEYWARD

Sumter High School

Boys Track and Field

The senior finished second in the 5A state meet in the long lump with a jump of 24 feet, 2.25 inches and won the event in the Bojangles Track & Field Classic, one of the top meets in the country. He ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team that finished second in the state meet.

“I just worked really hard to improve my craft. I didn’t take a day off. Whether it was the weight room, running, going to the track, I just worked hard and that helped me improve my craft. I was very pleased with the year that I had.” -- Ja'kheem Heyward

“He improved every week. As the season went along, he got his steps down, and he did a great job of jumping. He came to practice every day ready to work. You didn’t have to ask him. Even when we didn’t have practice, he would be out there running and jumping.” -- Sumter High Head Coach Corey Mitchell

KAYLA PORTER

Wilson Hall

Girls Track and Field

The senior won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes in the SCISA 3A meet and finished third in the long jump. She was the individual high point performer with 36, helping Wilson Hall to a runner-up finish.

“It was very unexpected (winning three events in the state meet). I was just battling a few minor injuries, and I didn’t even compete in some of the meets. At the end of the day I did what I needed to do at the state meet, and I’m proud of that.” -- Kayla Porter

“We knew we would have a chance to compete for state, and Kayla would be the centerpiece of that. She was a big part of our success, and she put herself in position to be successful.” -- Wilson Hall Head Coach Rip Ripley