Goins signs with King College

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By Dwane Wilder

Two-sport standout Shayla Goins now knows where she will be attending classes this fall.

The recent Campbell County High School graduate signed a letter-of-intent Monday afternoon to compete as a member of the women’s track and field team at King College, an NCAA Division II school in Bristol.

Goins enjoyed a stellar season campaign with a 2nd place state finish in shot put and 4th in discus. She was also an all-district selection in basketball. Goins plans to major in education with the hope of one day coaching both sports.

“The King College Track & Field Team is very excited to have signed such an athlete as Shayla,” said Zachlynn Blackburn, assistant coach for the King College women’s track and field team.

“She has great work ethic, is very coachable and has great heart. To be a successful collegiate student-athlete, you need all those qualities.

“We have very high hopes for Shayla coming into her freshman year with the distances she has already achieved on her own, as a senior.

“I believe Shayla will make a huge impact in the conference very quickly and will be a great addition to a young group of throwers that have already made their marks in the conference.”

Goins first popped up on King’s radar last fall. After several phone calls, Blackburn finally persuaded Goins to sign.

“I’m glad she didn’t give up,” Goins said.

“I feel really comfortable there. I wanted to prove that I could do this. I had faith in myself, and God helped me through everything.”

Goins was sectional champion this year in both shot put and discus. She clinched a dramatic victory in discus on the final throw of the event.

“Self confidence is where she has made the most progress,” CCHS coach Billie Ann Evans said.

“I think going to state her junior year was the turning point. She saw what she was capable of doing. She deserves to be where she is right now. She has worked hard for it and set a good example for her teammates.”