CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Up, over, ahead and repeat. That's the process to success for St. Albans sprinter/hurdler Anacia Hines as she continues to set personal records time-after-time this track season.
Hines, a sophomore, has quickly established a reputation across the Kanawha Valley and beyond as one of the Mountain State's top sprinters and hurdlers, as it seems with every meet she continues to break her own marks. On Friday, at the Mountain State Athletic Conference Championships, Hines won the 100-meter run, 200 and 100 hurdles.
No matter the event, Hines continues to improve on her marks.
"Her times just keep decreasing," Coach Scott James said. "Every week she keeps getting a personal best in something.
"Something clicked with her in the last month. She's been working extremely, extremely hard and has just really led by example for our team, and it's paid off. She's getting better and better every week."
As a freshman, Hines advanced to the State Meet in all three of her main events, finishing fifth in the 100 and eighth in the 200.
"I'm doing better than I expected," Hines said of this year's results. "I planned on improving on my times and everything, but I didn't plan on PRing every time I ran, and I'm glad that's what I'm doing, and I plan to continue to do that and get better."
It shouldn't be a surprise Hines has succeeded at such exceptional levels, given her increased dedication to the sport.
"It's God-given ability first and foremost," James said. "Secondly, it's her work ethic. In the offseason, she's worked with the (Capital City) Striders for years and years and has had a lot of success under the tutelage of Chip Ferrell and this year, really, in the fall she worked pretty hard this year, in the fall, for the first time. She'll admit that. The dividends are paying off."
While most hurdlers and sprinters rely upon the physique of long legs that produce longer strides, the 5-foot-1 Hines employs rhythm and technique as her foundation.