As a result of his achievements, Selmon, a North Carolina signee, was selected as the 2013-14 Gatorade Georgia Boys’ Track and Field athlete of the year.
“It feels awesome,” Selmon said. “I’ve never won anything like this from any kind of company like Gatorade. It’s cool to bring it to a smaller school like my little, small [Class] A private school. It’s a great honor. It’s pretty exciting.”
It was a memorable senior season at Pace for Selmon, who capped off his prep career with a sweep of the Class A private school boys’ hurdles events at the boys’ state track meet in Jefferson in May.
Selmon won the 110 hurdles for the second year in a row, with a time of 13.96 seconds — breaking the old state meet record of 14.23 seconds set by Reidsville’s Eddie Johnson in 1986. He claimed the 300 hurdles for the third consecutive time in 37.21 seconds — surpassing the mark of 38.05 seconds established by Lanier County’s Omega Calhoun in 1998.
“I would not have wanted to go out any other way, because you come and run and there’s always great runners competing in the meets,” Selmon said. “But there’s nothing like leaving your own record. To be able to break some records and leave my name in the books is all worth it. It makes everything worth it.”
Selmon is the first Pace athlete in the school’s history to win the award.
“Kenny is very deserving of this award,” Pace track and field coach Jolie Cunningham said. “The work ethic he shows and the amount of time he has bestowed upon his event is unmatched at the high school level. We are all excited to see what great things lie ahead for Kenny.”
Now Selmon has set his sights on qualifying for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., July 22 through 27. He will attempt to qualify for the U.S. team at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene Saturday and Sunday.
Selmon is off to a strong start in his summer track season, winning both the 110 hurdles (13.90 seconds) and the 400 hurdles (51.25 seconds) at the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Fla., May 24, as well as the 400 hurdles (50.48 seconds) at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., June 13 through 15.
“The times show I feel pretty good about where I am right now,” Selmon said. “I am performing like I should and I’m peaking at the right time, so I feel good about my performances. There are things I can definitely change. But hopefully, everything is in line when we approach the junior meet.”
After his summer season is over, Selmon will move to North Carolina to begin his college career.
“I can not be more excited about moving on to a new chapter in my life,” Selmon said. “I’m so glad it’s going to be at North Carolina, because they’re not the No. 1 track school, but they are respected and I feel like people kind of underestimate North Carolina talent. So, hopefully next year and in the years to come, we can change some minds and do some big things. Hopefully, we can have a turning point.”