Battery Creek's Quamecha Morrison has had quite a week.
Fresh off leading the school's girls track and field squad to its first state championship Saturday, the senior signed with Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"I love Florida, I really do," Morrison said. "As long as I can get in Florida, with a really good track team."
She accomplished that goal by joining Bethune-Cookman. The school's coach made the trip to Columbia for the state meet and watched Morrison dominate the competition there.
On Saturday, Morrison won an astounding four individual state championships at the Class 2-A level. After dominating the Lower State meet, she did much the same at the state meet at Spring Valley High School, finishing atop the podium in the 100m dash (12.11), the 200m dash (24.78), the 100m hurdles (14.33) and the high jump (5-04.00).
Since her return home, she has received numerous congratulatory comments from her fellow Dolphins but says the magnitude of her performance hasn't really hit her yet.
"It hasn't sunk in yet that this is my last time running for high school," Morrison said.
To top it all off, she was named Battery Creek's female athlete of the year at the school's banquet Thursday evening.
"She's a tremendous athlete," coach Tyrone Pierce said. "She's also very strong in the weight room as well. She's a genuinely great person."
Pierce said he will miss being able to count on points before even pulling up to a meet. He'll miss Morrison's attitude and work ethic, and he'll certainly miss her championship-level talent.
Where does she stand in the history of BC girls track?
"She is number one," Pierce said.
FREEMAN NAMED BC MALE ATHLETE OF YEAR
Battery Creek senior basketball and football star Eric Freeman was named the school's male athlete of the year at an athletics banquet Thursday.
Freeman was honored more for his work on the hardwood, which earned him preseason and postseason All-State honors. Freeman, who averaged 15.7 points per game, was also named the IP/BG's All-Area Player of the Year. He also was a member of the football Lowcountry 11 and basketball's Lowcountry 5 teams. The Dolphins, one of the top-ranked teams in Class 2-A this season, ultimately fell to Lower State champions Ridgeland-Hardeeville in the playoffs.
Freeman will attend East Georgia State College in the fall.
"I'll tell you, throughout my whole coaching career, he's been one of the best players that I've coached," BC basketball coach Antoine Youmens said. "When he was a sophomore, he couldn't even dunk the basketball. He really changed his mental approach to the game. He knew how to do it.
"He really wanted to take his team and put it on his back and try to move forward. He's had a great career at Battery Creek."
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