By Keeli Parkey
Another standout Unicoi County High School athlete will have the opportunity to com
pete at the collegiate level.
Cameron Higgins, known for his performances on both the football and track fields, officially signed with the Milligan College track program during a ceremony held at UCHS on Thursday, Dec. 8. Higgins was recruited to compete in the hammer throw and discus events.
“I always wanted to go to Milligan,” Higgins said last week. “I definitely wanted to be a Buff. My focus was to be at Milligan and track was my way of being there.”
Higgins also said he was looking forward to getting to compete for the Buffaloes.
“I will work by butt off for it and give 100 percent,” he added. “I want to be the best that I can.”
Before he begins his collegiate career though, Higgins still has one more track season at UCHS and he is looking forward to it.
“I have personal goals that I definitely want to meet,” he added. “I want to do the best I can.”
Megan Davis, head track coach at UCHS, fully expects Higgins to meet his goals during the 2017 season.
“Cameron brings leadership to our program,” Davis said. “He is a versatile athlete who loves to compete. His focus is mainly on throwing, but I can put him in running events if we need him and he does his very best.”
Davis said Higgins advanced to the sectional meet during his sophomore and junior years and that she expects he will go further this season.
“He should qualify for state,” she said.
Davis also said she believes Higgins has a bright future ahead of him at the collegiate level.
“Milligan is a great fit for him,” she added.
Higgins said he plans to major in pre-med while at Milligan. He is the son of Tim and Penney Higgins.
Milligan’s men’s track program is coached by Chris Layne. According to Milligan’s website, in his 17 seasons at the school, during which he has also coached the cross country team, Milligan athletes have earned more than 300 national championship qualifiers. Athletes have also earned 62 All-American honors and 20 top-25 National Championship finishes.