Four straight state championships don’t come without talent, and talent is rarely missed when it comes to college scholarships.
L.C. Bird High School’s boys track team celebrated sending three athletes to the next level recently. Twins Jeremiah Hill and Josiah Hill are going to Hampton University, and Shahmique Crowell will head west to Longwood University. That’s three Division I scholarships for the program.
The Hill twins, who have teamed up on just about everything in their lives, teamed up on state-championship-caliber 4×800-meter-relay teams together. They won the state championship during the 2019 indoor season.
Then in the spring, Crowell and the twins ran their way to runner-up at the state meet during outdoor season.
“All of the athletes brought something special to the team,” coach Adam Canning said.
“Josiah was a great leader. Jeremiah was a rise-to-the-occasion sort of runner who ran with a lot of heart,” Canning said. “Shahmique was always a very hard worker who was always willing to take the lead in any relay when his teammates needed him.”
The Hills and Crowell will double the number of L.C. Bird track alums at the college level. Kenny Sullivan and Reggie Patterson are currently at Bridgewater College, and Aaron Lewis is at Georgia Tech.
The Skyhawks track program shows that L.C. Bird isn’t just good at football. Canning and Co. have shown they can keep the beat going, step by step.