By Lee Ramsey
Seymour – Seymour High School senior Hayden Brooks has signed a letter-of-intent to throw the discus for the Milligan College Buffaloes track team.
The multiple sport athlete also played football for the Eagles besides throwing the discus and shot put.
Brooks set four school records. The most recent was a discus throw of 147 feet 10 inches which was 15 feet longer than the previous record.
Brooks has qualified for the state the past two years. This season he never lost a throw in the discus or shot put. He won every event except at sectional and state last season.
“Today means a lot to me,” said Brooks. “It means that all my hard work has paid off. Being dedicated to my sport (track and field) has got me to the next level.
“I am very thankful for my coaches, family, and friends for all their support.”
Mars Hill College also expressed interest in Brooks but he was most impressed with Milligan. “I just really like the coaching staff,” said Brooks. “I feel like the school (Milligan) is the best place for me both academically and athletically.”
Brooks track coaches at Seymour were all very complimentary of the athlete. “In everything he’s been in, he’s focused hard on it and put his best effort into it,” said Gary Stinnett, the co-head track coach at Seymour High School. “He just keeps getting better and better as the year goes along.”
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said the other co-head coach Charlie Householder. “From my perspective, he deserves almost all the credit.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a student-athlete who has worked any harder at making himself better. He’s studied videos and asked for help when he needed it, but a lot of times he’s been so self-directed and so self-motivated that it made him so easy to coach.”
“He’s been a great athlete, a good kid in the classroom, and we’re extremely proud of him. We’re very happy to have a track signee. It’s a big deal for us,” said Stinnett.
One of the proudest people in the room was Brooks’ mother. “I am so proud of him,” said Sherry Hams. “He’s been so successful. Hayden gives his all in everything he does. We’re very proud of him. He’s a good kid. We have been very blessed.”