CHINA SPRING, Texas (KWTX) China Spring high jumper Mckayla Pack was well on her way to a memorable senior season when COVID-19 ended it prematurely.
"She had already started off better than she started last year," China Spring track & field coach Melissa Cole said. "I knew it would be a phenomenal year. It hurts a lot because I know where she was going to go and how far she was going to go. To see that all come crashing down when they announced we weren't coming back to school, my heart broke for her because she's a phenomenal young lady."
Before becoming a state qualifier last year with China Spring's 4x1 relay team, Mckayla took first place at the Area round meet before coming in third in the Regional round.
This year, she placed first in the initial two meets. But her collegiate future will be acrobatics & tumbling, something she's perfected at Zero Gravity Gymnastics.
"She's a leader by example," said Ashley Echelberger -- a four-time NCATA national champion at Baylor. "She's more quiet, but just leads by doing her job. She'll come to practice and if I need her to do an extra tumbling routine, I know she'll do it. She reminds me of myself. She did a good job on the team this year."
"With the season being cut short, it kind of sucks," Pack said. "I was really undecided if I wanted to go to college for acro and track. With it being cut short, the recruiting process made it difficult."
Mckayla will compete in acrobatics & tumbling for UMHB next season. She boasts a 3.68 GPA and is also involved with PALS and National Honor Society.