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On track: West Feliciana's Kam Jackson focused on fast times, team titles for West Feliciana
On track: West Feliciana's Kam Jackson focused on fast times, team titles for West Feliciana
BY ROBIN FAMBROUGH
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Running around in circles may frustrate most people.

Not West Feliciana High School's Kam Jackson.

“Track is what I love,” Jackson said. “I played football my first two years in high school, but I saw my future in track and decided to focus on that.”

Few can argue with the outcome. Jackson, a Baylor signee, will be among the top performers scheduled to compete at LSU’s High School Qualifier set for 11 a.m. Saturday at LSU’s Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.

Jackson won the 60-meter dash at the LSU Indoor Classic held two weeks ago. His time of 6.94 seconds ranked third nationally on an early indoor list of top times. The LSU Classic is a meet that attracts a number top competitors competing for track clubs from multiple states.

It was enough to net Top Louisiana Boys Performer honors.

“Kam is a great kid and a great leader who also is very dedicated to what he does,” WFHS track coach Preston King said. “I know there are some people who don’t get it … they don’t understand why he didn't play football. I also coach football and I get asked about it. He is doing what is best for him.”

King also said he thinks Jackson’s devotion to track was the perfect on-the-job training for his new role as the leader for West Feliciana team that has won three straight Class 3A outdoor track titles.

Derius Davis, one of the nation’s top 400 meters runners for two seasons, helped lead a talented sprint corps that included the likes of two other now-graduated standouts, Derek Turner and Davon Harris.

That trio of graduates all chose to pursue football first. Davis (TCU) played as a true freshman. Turner and Harris both redshirted at Louisiana Tech last fall.

After missing almost all of his sophomore season with an injury, the 2018 LHSAA Indoor and Outdoor meets were a coming-out party for Jackson, though others typically grabbed the spotlight. He won the Division II indoor 60 meters title in 6.86 seconds last February and then won the Class 3A 100 meters outdoors in 10.59 in May. 

“I’m excited about this week and this season,” Jackson said. “I believe I can run faster in the 60 and I also think we can go faster in our relays. We graduated some talented guys last year, but I still think we can do just as well as a team. Instead of having maybe four or five guys winning a lot of events, we need everyone to contribute.”