By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Brighton’s Malcolm Terry literally blasted on the scene two years ago winning a Triple Jump medal at State as a sophomore.
Last year he made school history competing in all three jumping events at State. Terry was able to clinch a medal in the Long and Triple jumps. But he finished outside the top eight in the High Jump.
Although Terry was happy he progressed his junior year, he declared that afternoon in Murfreesboro he would be back in 2013 to compete and win medals in all three events.
Brighton Track Coach Nick Buford said not so far for his talented athlete. The leader of the Brighton Cardinals wants his standout to focus on one, maybe two jumping events so he could could bring back to Brighton the top prize.
“He’s making solid progress,” Buford said. “He’s splitting time between boxing and track. As far as being in shape, he’s up to par. But we’ll know how he’s looking on the field after his first contest March 21 in Millington.
“I’m trying to talk him out of it but he’s really focused to maybe narrowing down to two,” he added. “What two? We haven’t made it that far yet. But he’s so head strong that he still wants to do all three. I can talk him down to two — maybe.”
Terry participates in more than one sport throughout the year. He was a lockdown corner and big-play receiver for the Cardinals in football this past season.
Then he spends a lot of his time in Covington training in boxing. Then he finds time to work on his leaping for Cardinal Track.
With mostly young teammates, Terry is also being a mentor showing other Cardinals what it takes to reach State.
Meanwhile Terry is working on his personal records in all three jumping events. He’s landed a 23-foot long jump. He’s between 42 and 43 feet in the triple jump. And he can jump 6-foot, 1-inch in the high jump.
“He’s very determined,” Buford concluded. “I guess that’s the boxing coming out of him.
Sky’s the limit for him. He wants to run track at the University of Memphis. If he does well at State he can meet his goal.”