Ty Brooks said he signed the wrong line of the paper Monday afternoon.
Coastal Carolina will help him get everything correct.
The Evans standout track athlete signed to continue his career with the Chanticleers. Knights track coach Lemuel Lackey said Brooks earned his opportunity to compete in college.
“I think he works hard at his craft,” Lackey said. “He runs hurt. I think he endures the pain.”
Brooks started running track in elementary school, but in middle school he was told he had to choose just one sport. He chose baseball.
In eighth grade, he started running cross country after he said his parents wouldn’t allow him to be lazy. He continued to run cross country in high school and added track in the spring. Brooks specializes in the 400 event, which he finished 53rd in last year at the Junior Olympics.
“They all ran faster times than I did,” he said. “I guess it just lets me know there’s people out there faster than me in running.”
Brooks was the fastest runner in the 400 in the Columbia County Track and Field Championships last month with a time of 49.99 seconds. Now, after advancing through state sectionals, he will compete in the 400, the 4x100 and possibly the 4x400 events at the Class AAAAAA championship meet later this week.
“He made it to the state meet,” Lackey said. “I’m looking for good things from him this week.”
Brooks said Coastal Carolina added him to run the 400 and help take the stress off other runners. He’ll likely compete for a spot on the team’s 4x400 relay team as well.
“I just hope I live up to their expectations,” he said.
During indoor track season, the Conway, S.C., school offered Brooks almost a full ride. Brooks plans to major in computer science.
“I think it’s cool that I get to go to school for essentially free,” he said. “That’ll help me in the future.”