Maliyah Holland

Kilgore High School senior track and field standout Maliyah Holland (seated, third from left) is continuing her education and track career at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Holland was joined by family members at a signing ceremony Wednesday at KHS.

Like thousands of high school seniors across Texas, and millions more across the nation, Kilgore High School’s Maliyah Holland didn’t get the entirety of her final track and field or soccer seasons this spring, helpless as the coronavirus paralyzed not only sports, but most of the world for months.

But a cloud lifted, at least somewhat, for Holland and some of her senior classmates this week, not only with the celebration of their senior careers at KHS, but as Holland and others signed letters of intent, making their choices for their college and athletic careers public.

Holland is signing with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock to continue her education and track career there. She was honored with a signing ceremony at KHS on Wednesday morning, with family members and coaches present.

She’ll likely continue to run sprints and relays for UA-LR, something at which she’s exceled at KHS.

Holland had success, of course, with her soccer teammates, as well, but it’s track she’s continuing, and she’s been good at it for quite a while. As a freshman, among other accomplishments, she was one of the legs of the winning 400 meter relay in the area meet, and ran in regionals. As a sophomore, she won the girls 200 meter dash at the district meet, and at the area meet. She ran on the 800 meter relay team in the state meet, as well as in the 200.

As mentioned, this season was cut short, but she was on pace to do very well in both relay categories and in the 200 meter; she won the last 200 in which she competed.

Arkansas-Little Rock will also get another of Kilgore’s best athletes: Cameron Jackson was to sign with them on Friday, after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald.

See coverage of Jackson’s signing and the signing of Jada Abercrombie, with East Central (Okla.) University in the News Herald, and online at kilgorenewsherald.com.

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