HOUSTON - Jaiya Covington has had a year to remember.
The Eisenhower senior took third in the 100-meter hurdles at the UIL State Track & Field meet in May, won a National Championship at the 2021 AAU Junior Olympic Games in the same event in July and then on Wednesday signed with Texas A&M track and field.
First I would like to thank all my coaches it took a village for me to get to this point. I also would like to thank my parents , family , and friends for supporting me. Furthermore I would like to announce my commitment to Texas A&M University #gigem 👍🏾 pic.twitter.com/TCBlpXyHRK— Jaiya covington🤩 (@Jaiyaj01) November 11, 2021
Like I said - a year to remember.
"I think it's a great fit for me because just knowing that it's very convenient for where I live so seeing my family wouldn't be a problem and just the environment itself felt like home," Covington said of signing with Texas A&M. "This accomplishment means that I can do anything that I can put my mind to and to make it to the next level."
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3) Jaiya Covington - @Eisenhower_AISD @TTFCA @AldineISD @AldineSports @AthleticsAisd @DickinsonFB @Jaiyaj01 @KPRC2RandyMc @KPRC2Vanessa pic.twitter.com/buJjrtS1OT
As Covington enters her senior season she will look to have another standout season in the 100-meter, 300-meter hurdles and the high jump. Last season, Covington took third at State in the 100-meter hurdle and made it to the Regional Championship for the high jump (season-best was 5-foot-6) and the 300-meter hurdles (6th - 45.46).
So, what does this day mean to her?
“It means a lot feel like it would have never come to this point because the year went by so fast so knowing the day is here I’m still numb,” Covington said.