High School: Knightdale
Parents: Paula and Romeo Brown
Events: Jumps and Sprints
Also Considered: East Carolina University
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Why Western Carolina? “I went on a visit and I just loved the campus and the family atmosphere. ... It is a place where I won’t be distracted being where it is (Cullowhee) and the track team there has been doing well for the past couple years. I thought that was something I wanted to be a part of.”
Most Memorable: A personal highlight for Jamie was his first win in the indoor state championships in the high jump his junior year, which helped push the Knights into first place and win the state title. “It was the most confidence-building moment in my life and the most memorable,” he said. ... Even on bad days, Jamie said the Knightdale team was like a family and its members would continue to encourage each other through those tough times. “That’s what I’ll take the most from it,” he said.
Notable: Jamie is a four-year track and field athlete who competed in jumps and sprints. He is a two-time New Balance All-American and a three-time All-Greater Neuse River 4A Conference selection in addition to his indoor state title in the high jump in 2014. Jamie was part of five of Knightdale’s seven consecutive state titles in indoor and outdoor boys track. He also played wide receiver, defensive back and safety on the Knights football team, helping the program win its first conference title in 2013.
Knightdale coach Mark Batey: “He’s a competitor. He works and trains very hard at the track to be the very best at his events. I think when he gets to college he’ll go to an even higher level than he has in high school.”
Compiled by Aaron Moody