GAME DAY Youth Sports Magazine Upstate SC - February 2012 : Page 25

For anyone with the desire to play sports at the college or professional level, the road is long and hard. This regular feature is about local athletes, living their dream, competing at ... Former SHS standout SANTRESA JAMISON aiming to end track career at Coastal on high note C By JOHN CLAYTON oastal Carolina and former Spartanburg High track standout Santresa Jamison would hardly recognize the college freshman version of herself these days. Jamison, a senior, has won four (and counting) Big South Conference indoor and outdoor track and field championships and is poised to graduate from Coastal Carolina in May. But four years ago, a less confident, homesick recent high school graduate was asking to return home to Spartanburg. “It was a big transition. I had never been away from home and I wanted to quit. I wanted to get in my car and come back home,” Jamison said. “But my mom (Nicole) said no. She was very determined that I was not coming back to Spartanburg.” Jamison, who graduated from Spartan-bug High in 2008 and was redshirted as a freshman at Coastal Carolina, starred in track and cross country with the Vikings, earning all-state honors in cross country six times and winning three-straight Class AAAA state titles in track and field. She was also a Nike All-American selection in the sprint medley relay as a sophomore and won a 400-meter state title as a senior. She was the Vikings team captain and MVP as a senior as well. That impressive resume landed her on scholarship at Coastal Carolina where Jamison overcame her freshman doubts and bouts with homesickness to become a leader with the Chanticleers. Jamison easily sees the differences in herself. For starters, she is stronger and faster than she was in high school, but that’s only part of the story. “I’m a lot stronger, but I’m also more Coastal Carolina’s Santresa Jamison competes in a recent track meet. disciplined,” she said as the team traveled to the Clemson Invitational. “I’ve learned to be disciplined with myself. I’m on time --not just on time, but I’ve learned to be early for things. I’ve never missed a meet or an event since I’ve been here.” That discipline also includes her diet. “I used to run cross country, too, so I could pretty much eat anything, but I’ve learned to be careful with what I take into my body,” she said. Jamison captured Big South titles in the 2011 and 2009 Outdoor Championships on Coastal’s 4X400 relay teams as well as the 2010 indoor 4x400 relay team. She was also last year’s indoor champion in the 400 meters. With those four Big South titles on her resume with the 2012 championships to be contested, Jamison, who is majoring in exercise science, said she is glad she was convinced to stick it out as a freshman. “I have no regrets,” she said. “I love my coaches and I love my teammates here. Jamison said she was lucky to have a great support system with both her family at home and at Coastal Carolina, among several things she said young athletes can benefit from. She also offered advice to younger athletes: “Keep working and keep staying posi-tive,” she said. “Stay true to who you are --I’m really the same Santresa I’ve always been --and you do that by staying positive and by not giving up.” GD

The Next Level

John Clayton

<br /> Former SHS standout SANTRESA JAMISON aiming to end track career at Coastal on high note<br /> <br /> Coastal Carolina and former Spartanburg High track standout Santresa Jamison would hardly recognize the college freshman version of herself these days.<br /> <br /> Jamison, a senior, has won four (and counting) Big South Conference indoor and outdoor track and field championships and is poised to graduate from Coastal Carolina in May.<br /> <br /> But four years ago, a less confident, homesick recent high school graduate was asking to return home to Spartanburg.<br /> <br /> “It was a big transition. I had never been away from home and I wanted to quit. I wanted to get in my car and come back home,” Jamison said. “But my mom (Nicole) said no. She was very determined that I was not coming back to Spartanburg.”<br /> <br /> Jamison, who graduated from Spartanbug High in 2008 and was redshirted as a freshman at Coastal Carolina, starred in track and cross country with the Vikings, earning all-state honors in cross country six times and winning three-straight Class AAAA state titles in track and field. She was also a Nike All-American selection in the sprint medley relay as a sophomore and won a 400-meter state title as a senior.<br /> <br /> She was the Vikings team captain and MVP as a senior as well.<br /> <br /> That impressive resume landed her on scholarship at Coastal Carolina where Jamison overcame her freshman doubts and bouts with homesickness to become a leader with the Chanticleers.<br /> <br /> Jamison easily sees the differences in herself. For starters, she is stronger and faster than she was in high school, but that’s only part of the story.<br /> <br /> “I’m a lot stronger, but I’m also more disciplined,” she said as the team traveled to the Clemson Invitational. “I’ve learned to be disciplined with myself. I’m on time -- not just on time, but I’ve learned to be early for things. I’ve never missed a meet or an event since I’ve been here.”<br /> <br /> That discipline also includes her diet. <br /> <br /> “I used to run cross country, too, so I could pretty much eat anything, but I’ve learned to be careful with what I take into my body,” she said.<br /> <br /> Jamison captured Big South titles in the 2011 and 2009 Outdoor Championships on Coastal’s 4X400 relay teams as well as the 2010 indoor 4x400 relay team. She was also last year’s indoor champion in the 400 meters.<br /> <br /> With those four Big South titles on her resume with the 2012 championships to be contested, Jamison, who is majoring in exercise science, said she is glad she was convinced to stick it out as a freshman.<br /> <br /> “I have no regrets,” she said. “I love my coaches and I love my teammates here.<br /> <br /> Jamison said she was lucky to have a great support system with both her family at home and at Coastal Carolina, among several things she said young athletes can benefit from.<br /> <br /> She also offered advice to younger athletes:<br /> <br /> “Keep working and keep staying positive,” she said. “Stay true to who you are -- I’m really the same Santresa I’ve always been -- and you do that by staying positive and by not giving up.”

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