This year was a successful year for area sports, as we saw four teams bring state titles back home, and numerous area athletes brought home individual gold. One of those individual winners is Walton High School track and field star Terrell Campbell, who is leaving behind a legacy both on and off the field.
For Terrell, sports are just something he does. The three sport athlete shines in football, basketball, and track and field- but it's on the track where his star shines brightest.
"Normally with a kid, the only time they really work on track is during track season," said Head Coach Bernard Smith. "He was the kind of individual that would work on track year round. He always had High Jumping in his blood."
It's the High Jump that won Terrell gold at this year's Class 2A State Championships, jumping 6-feet-4 inches to win it all.
"When I won, I was kind of like, oh! Oh God, I won! That's exactly how it was," laughed Terrell. "I was determined to win. Last year was misfortunate. I slipped up a couple times. This year, I just pushed myself to win."
That determination has led to two All-State nods for Terrell, and his drive isn't just limited to winning gold medals, as he's also a stand-out in the classroom with a 3.25 GPA.
"Normally when you have an athlete with his abilities, they're thinking athletics first," said Coach Smith. "But he's thinking academics first. Academics are number one with him."
"Keep your grades up, or you're not running track, playing basketball, or football," said Terrell. "I'm just like the average student. I play around just like everyone else. When it comes to something serious like a test grade, they're asking me if I can study with me."
Also something serious? Terrell's college plans, as he has several offers on the table to compete at the next level.
"The sky's the limit as far as he's concerned," said Coach Smith. "Whoever signs Terrell, they're going to have a tremendous person first of all, and then a tremendous athlete secondly."
"Athletically, that was my high school goal, was to leave a legacy," said Terrell. "I think I did it."
Coming in first at state? Sounds like a pretty good legacy to leave. Terrell said he plans on making a decision on where he'll go to school in the coming months, but says he wants to study either computer engineering or sports management.