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A leap of faith for KGHS Fox multi-athlete Brittany Kersey

Whether its volleyball, basketball or track, she lives and breathes for any opportunity to compete. Whether its her charming charismatic smile, or her colorful dreadlocks, King George High School senior Brittany Kersey has always had a flair for the dramatic. During her four years at KGHS she has impacted and, in most cases, dominated every sports she has competed in. In short, she has single handedly raised the bar on area high school high jump track and field athletics.

Although volleyball and basketball will forever be close to her heart, the alluring aspect of leaping over a

bar backward while running at an angle seems to have captivated her. Noteworthy of her accomplishments is her second place All-State high jump finish in the State Outdoor AA Championships, and her recent All-State recognition in winter track. She also helped the winter girls’ track and field team win the Region I Indoor Track and Field title. It was the first time any girls’ track & field has ever won the coveted title. Her leap of 5’ 2” landed her an individual championship.

Her lasting legacy is arguably her leap of 5’ 4” at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, where she jumped the current KGHS school record.

Kersey carried her winter indoor track All-State recognition and undefeated high jump record season record into the 2011 outdoor season with a 5’3” high jump leap at the Bob Murray Invitational that broke the old 4’10” record.

“I went into the meet thinking this is going to my last performance, and I had nothing to lose — just go for it,” Kersey said while reflecting on the leap that qualified her for Battlefield District, Regional and State competition. “The fact that I came out on top with an average jump that awed the crowd was amazing.”

Kersey’s personal best in the high jump is a 5’ 5” leap. Other track events she has competed in are the 4x400-meter relay, 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meters.

While most athletes used track and field as a cross-training sport to prepare for other endurance sports such as soccer, basketball and wrestling, Kersey’s focus was the exact opposite.

“My objective with volleyball was to build up my legs for track,” Kersey said.

Most recently, Kersey underwent surgery on her knee, which prevented her from competing; however, along with her qualifications, her high jump leap is second only to Riverbend’s Erin Edmond (5’6”).
“Some part of me is a little sad about knowing that I wouldn’t continue, but I know in spite of my absence, I will still be out there cheering for my team,” Kersey said.

The heirs apparent to Kersey are sophomore Lindsey Armentrout and freshman Miranda Green.
“Going into the season, Lindsey and I didn’t get along, because of what people were putting into our heads, but after we began talking, we became close friends,” Kersey said.

As a small forward/center, Kersey was the centerpiece of the varsity girls basketball team for four years. Most of her teammates were among the district elite at their position. Among some of the notable players that she played with are: Kara Brabant, Rokeeta Gorman, Rajanee Taylor, Ashley Lambert, Emily Ashcraft, Brook Cobb, Beth Cobb, Timeah Brooks and Shaliqua Turner. Undaunted by the size of her opponents, Kersey never wavered. Physical altercations occurring down deep in the low post zone seemed to come natural for Kersey.

Impressed, and sometimes astonished with Kersey’s determination to score, rebound and assist her teammates, KGHS varsity girls head basketball coach Jessica Beaver said, “She was a force to be reckoned with in the paint, and all of the schools we played had a very hard time stopping her from scoring and rebounding. She is one of the most coachable players I have ever had.”

Her parents, Dewight and Deborah Kersey, are by far her biggest fans. Since her first organized basketball game at the age of six, her parents have remained faithfully by her side.

“She made us proud, and there are no words to describe happiness we feel when we watched her accomplish her athletic and academic goals,” Deborah said.

Kersey is giving Bridgewater University high consideration as the college of her choice after graduation in June. She will major in the health and physical education, while competing on the collegiate level in the high jump event.
Leonard Banks

Sports Editor

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