Lady Panther sprinter Destiny Hall signed a letter of intent Friday to run track for Savannah State University at the high school’s media center.
Hall recently placed sixth overall at the state meet in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.26 seconds. The sprinter specializes in the 100- and 200-meter dash and also was part of the Lady Panther 4x100 relay team.
The apple apparently didn’t fall far from the tree.
“I was in track, band, cheerleading,” her mother, Laticia Hall, said, adding that it’s a miracle her daughter has gotten this far.
“She was born premature, two months early, and they told us she would have problems for the rest of her life,” she explained. “She may not walk correctly. … She may have breathing issues or learning disabilities. She has a 3.3 grade-point average and now a full ride to school academically as well as sports. It was all her hard work.”
“I was around 3 when I started and later learned that my mom ran track,” the younger Hall said.
The sprinter already has set lofty goals for her summer workout.
“My main goal is to get my time down,” she said. “The faster I go the better I am.”
Hall plans to study biology at Savannah State.
“She is crossing the threshold into young adulthood,” Laticia Hall said. “She is a biology major and they have a wonderful biology program, and the track-and-field department is awesome. Their coach has been there 50 years, so we know she is going to be in good hands.”
“It’s just wonderful to see her sign and go to Savannah State,” said her father, Charles Hall. “She is our baby, and now we have two of our kids that will be attending college next year. I’ve told her to continue to stay grounded, work hard and enjoy the experience of college. … And she does have a support channel here. … Any issues, she can always reach out to us, and we are there for her.”
Hall said being in nearby Savannah also ensures that her family and friends can come to her meets.