Written by: Gracie Murray (women's basketball)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Kameron Morgan (Bowie, Maryland/ St. Albans School for Boys) is a sophomore at Birmingham-Southern College pursuing his track and field career while also pursuing a degree in pre-engineering with an art minor. Morgan attended St. Alban's School for Boys from fourth to 12th grade. When people hear engineering they automatically think "big plans", well Morgan is not only thinking "big" in terms of school.
Morgan is a thrower on the men's track and field team. His main events are the hammer throw, discus and shotput. Unlike many sports in America, track and field has no age limits on athletes who compete unattached at meets. There are many that still have a passion for competing after their NCAA eligibility expires that compete at high school and collegiate track meets. And Morgan does not plan on stopping.
"If I keep putting in the amount of work I am now, there are opportunities for me to continue on to the next level," explained Morgan. "Which would be the Olympic level. It is subtly in the back of my mind, because I will have to go to grad school with my engineering degree from here. But I have a lot of options of where I can go for that."
Morgan does not know quite yet where he would like to go for graduate school, but he does know that he needs to figure out where in the country he would like to go. He has interest in staying in Birmingham for the sake of the connections he has established here. But he could go out west to California or go back home. He still has some deciding to do.
Coming all the way from Maryland to Alabama is quite the hike. Morgan explains how he found BSC through a coincidence of events.
"Rod Murray, who plays football at BSC, and I went to high school together and he was really interested in the urban environmental studies program here," said Morgan. "General Krulak came up and visited my school and Rod stopped me on my way to class one day. He was like 'hey I want you to come meet someone.' So I met General Krulak in my junior year and that's how I found out about BSC."
Morgan was not completely sold on BSC in his junior year and had to decide if he wanted to throw in college. Once Morgan decided, head track and field coach Kenneth Cox called him to talk about coming down.
"I did not know who Coach Cox was at the time when he was speaking with him," said Morgan. "Come to find out, that he was on the track team with my parents at UNC Chapel Hill. They said if I wanted to go throw for him, they trusted him and would support me all the way."
Morgan's validation from his parents is a huge part of his life, especially in sports. His parent's almost made the Olympic team while they were in college. To most people's surprise, a 6-3, 250 pound Morgan did not start competitive sports until high school.
When he is not at school, he spends his summers home working for his father's company, KKM, doing home improvement. "The name of his company is actually my initials," he shared.
Morgan was the 2016 Southern Athletic Association hammer throw champion, an all-conference selection, and was named to the all-region team. He helped the Panthers win the 2016 SAA Championship and now holds two school records, in hammer and weight throw. Morgan finished this fall with a successful fall season of indoor track and field. He will be competing this spring in the outdoor season as well. Morgan is out on a mission to bring home another championship ring.
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If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?
Cat or dog person?
Who is your favorite sports team?
UNC Tar Heels.
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Who would you drop everything for to go see in concert?
A Tribe Called Quest.
What show would you binge watch on Netflix?
Dragon Ball Z.
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Last book you read?
The Autobiography of Malcom X.