One of the most successful track athletes in LaFayette High history has chosen to extend his career at Concordia College in Selma. Emmanuel Higgins has accepted a grant-in-aid scholarship and will join Coach Timeka Ross’ Hornets team in the fall, hoping to make an immediate impact.
Higgins’ accolades at LaFayette are numerous, including four state titles. His running and jumping skills have helped lead the Bulldogs to a school best third place finish in the state over the past two years. Higgins won individual titles in the long jump and triple jump in 2011 and earned a bronze in the long jump and silver in the triple jump in 2012. He also ran the anchor leg for the record breaking 4x100m relay team that captured the state title in 2011 and 2012 and earned the bronze in 2010. The team set a new state record at this year’s state meet.
Higgins has qualified for state in the long jump in each year of his eligibility and has won the long jump sectional title for three straight years. The 4x100m team has also dominated sectionals throughout Higgins’ career and he has multiple triple jump and 100m dash sectional titles.
His career bests are 11.30 seconds in the 100m dash, 24.96 seconds in the 200m dash, 21’8.5” in the long jump and 42’4” in the triple jump.
According to Higgins, Ross will give him the opportunity to compete in both running and jumping events. “If I have to pick one or the other,” Higgins says, “it’s going to be jumping. It’s what I’m the best at and what I like doing the most.”
Higgins will report to campus in Selma in August and begin training for the upcoming season which begins in March of 2013.