Athlete of Week: Humes sets record-breaking pace

If things had played out a bit differently, St. James sophomore sprinter Ka’Mauri Humes might be scoring goals on the soccer pitch instead of shattering records on the track. It took a twist of fate for her to find her true calling.

“I played rec league soccer, basketball, volleyball, even cheerleader,” said Humes, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week for her impressive showing at the SCHSL State Track & Field Championships earlier this month. “When I got to seventh grade, I was going to play soccer but a friend said, ‘Let’s run track.’ The funny thing is she ended up quitting and I stuck with it. I fell in love with it.”

The Sharks coaches fell in love with her too, watching the young talent drop seconds from her time as she learned the finer points of sprinting. Last year she broke the school record for the 200 meters and 400 meters, and she bested those times this season to the tune of 25.18 seconds and 1 minute, .10 seconds, respectively.

“K is the type of person that is motivated and continues to work hard during the offseason to make herself stronger,” said St. James coach Ken McSorley. “She takes in coaching points and information that is shared with her so well to improve her skills.”

Humes also broke the school record set by former teammate and Winthrop University athlete Alexus Alston in the 100 meters at the state meet, clocking a time of 12.26 seconds to finish fourth in Class 4A. She followed it up with a strong runner-up finish in the 200 meters in 25.18. It was a real treat to beat her mentor’s feat.

“We didn’t really know each other when I was a newbie, but when we ran I was the closest one to her so we became like best friends,” Humes said of Alston. “We trained together all the time. When she ran, I ran. Alexus was always pushing me to get faster and stronger.”

Humes has two more years to improve on her times, and she plans to participate in summer Junior Olympics events through the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club to stay in top shape against tougher competition. She also hopes to follow in Alston’s tread marks at the college level.

“That’s my goal: To get a scholarship and run track in college,” she said. “I also want to keep working hard and getting better. I want my records to be up there for a long time.”

Photo courtesy of SJHS Athletics

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