- Kenny Selmon
- Pace Academy, rising senior
In life, many obstacles cross our paths.
This does not stop Kenny Selmon from pursuing his goals. In fact, hurdling over obstacles is Kenny’s goal. He runs the 400-meter hurdles.
Kenny was introduced to hurdling at the age of 12 when he began running with the Gazelle Track Club.
“I tried it, I liked it, and I had good results in it.”
Since then, Kenny has been in several competitions. Earlier this summer, he won the 400-meter hurdles at the Golden South Invitational in Orlando, Fla. He also won the Emerging Elite men’s 110-meter hurdles in Greensboro, N.C., at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Now, Kenny is the state champion in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
Kenny’s achievements led him to participate in the World Trials. There, the best youth athletes across the country aged 16 and 17 flew to Illinois to compete before coaches.
“When I found out I was chosen, I was very relieved and honored. I felt that my hard work paid off.”
Kenny was among 43 athletes on the USA team chosen to attend the World Youth Championship in Ukraine. There, Kenny placed third in the world finals of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51:30.
“It was crazy seeing all the different countries and their uniforms,” he said. “It was scary but fun knowing I was representing the USA.”
Kenny hurdles at the Pace Academy, but also trains five days a week with an outside coach year-round.
Along with hurdling, Kenny enjoyed playing basketball for the Pace Knights. He manages the varsity girls’ volleyball team and is involved with the Pace theater program as a stage manager.
“It’s something that I like to do,” he said. “It’s a ‘me’ thing.”
Kenny plans on pursuing a collegiate career in hurdling. He has been scouted by several schools, but is very interested in UNC, FSU, Texas A&M, and SEC and ACC schools.
This article was prepared by Erin Pirkle, a recent graduate of Dunwoody High School who plans to attend Agnes Scott College in the fall.