Source: ABC11

Panther Creek High School graduate Morgan Smalls just received a high honor: the North Carolina High School Athletic Association crowned her the female athlete of the year in North Carolina. Smalls leaves Panther Creek with four state records in track and field, according to ABC11.

While in high school, Smalls collected thirteen state championships and three state meet MVP awards. All that without a spring season this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet she still credits her coaches for much of that success.

“The hard work and outside hours that [the coaches] put in helped me get better. It was nice to know that people saw my accomplishments and thought I was deserving of the award,” Smalls said.

Just last year she represented the United States at the Pan American Games in Peru, one of four female jumpers to make the trip. 

“I have height goals that I’m reaching for. I know the Olympic standard was 6-5 and that is what I was going for this year for outdoor season or possibly going higher than that but it got canceled due to the virus. 6-5 is on my radar right now but hopefully, I can get higher than that.”

Now, Smalls is headed to USC in California to pursue her athletic career. 

Read the full story from ABC11.