BARNESVILLE -- Barnesville High's Kohl Campbell is looking for more hurdles to clear.
The next step, or in this case jump, for Campbell will come very soon when he attends Wheeling Jesuit University where he will be a member of the Cardinals' track team in the spring.
A standout hurdler and a member of two BHS record-setting and one all-Ohio sprint relay teams, showed steady improvement throughout his prep career. He was the Shamrocks' high-point scorer as a senior and part of the school record-breaking 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams.
Individually, he was the OVAC and OHSAA Division III District runner-up in both hurdle events; placed fourth in the D-III Regional and ninth in the OHSAA State Track Meet in the 300 hurdles.
The 4x400 and 4x200 relay teams took first in the district; fifth and fourth place, respectively, in the regional; and the 4x400-meter team earned all-Ohio status via a fourth place finish in Columbus.
His personal bests in 2017 included 15.21 in the 110-meter hurdles and 39.43 in the 300-meter hurdles.
Wheeling Jesuit's location played a big part in Campbell's selection.
"It was close enough to my family whom I am very close with," he said, "but still had the college feel I was looking for. I knew from being on campus and comparing it to other schools of interest that it was great academically and gave me the best opportunity to grow as a person and athlete."
"One of his best qualities, especially this year, was his unwillingness to give up," said BHS coach Dylan Rogers. "There were times this year he could have hung his head, but he fought hard through adversity when he needed to."
Rogers feels Campbell's best days on the track are ahead of him.
"I believe Kohl will be able to step right on campus his freshman year and contribute to their track team," said the Shamrocks' coach. "I believe he can help WJU not only in the hurdles, but in the open 400 or even the 200. I can really see him filling in relay spots in the 4x2 and 4x4, which he did to help us break school records in both of those events.
"He is a very competitive athlete and will work hard so he can be competitive for any race," Rogers continued. "His work ethic and determination to succeed will really impress Wheeling Jesuit's track and field coaching staff.
"I am very proud of Kohl for what he has accomplished so far and wish him the best of luck both athletically and academically at WJU," he added.
The son of Michelle Miller and Craig and Ashley Campbell, he plans to major in business management at WJU.