Westside senior credits mom for success

Track and field season is in full swing and one Westside Seminole is making leaps and bounds on the concrete and in the classroom.

Keyon Copeland is the kind of kid that has a lot going for him.

But he credits one major force in his life, a person that has helped him become our Athlete of the Week.

It's easy to pick Keyon Copeland out in class.
He's the one with the easy going smile on his face.

His track coach, Hosea Laney says his senior is very disciplined yet a likable guy.

"Everybody in the school loves him. He was the homecoming king. He's just a great people person a great young man," Laney said.

There is a lot to smile about in Copeland's academic and athletic career.

In the classroom he earned a 3.7 grade point average.
He's ranked 7th in a class of 215..

When it comes to track, he has big plans to make it to the state meet either in the triple jump or the four hundred meters.

" I started out the season jumping 39-40 (feet) and I made it to state with a 44-10. Now I'm at a 46-04 so I'm expecting big things out of the triple jump this season, Copeland said.

"He gives you 100 percent. If I tell him to run an event that maybe he hasn't run in two or three track meets he will say 'yes Sir, no sir.'"

The senior with the great manners says there is one woman in his life that he owes a thank you. A woman who has laid down the law and made it possible for him to already have plans to attend and possibly run for Morehouse College.

"I want to give props to my mother because if I didn't have the academics I wouldn't be out here and this is something I love to do so I have to do what I have to do academic wise," Copeland said.

So he made the grades and now besides having dreams of jumping into sports medicine, he also hopes that his skills will boost him to a national stage.

"I'll be in the Olympics for one of my events in 2016 or 2020 either one of them I'll work for it and I'm gonna get it."

Copeland has already been accepted by Morehouse College and his coaches believe that he will make the track and field team.


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