"I have three steps in between hurdles, but I actually learned from a song," Hines said. "I'm not sure what the song is called. Just the rhythm of the song makes me go."
That song is "The Hey Song," an anthem popular in many sports arenas. Hines said she uses the beat of the song to keep her mind focused as she works through the hurdles.
"The key is the speed and getting out of the blocks and making sure you're as low to the hurdles as possible, and snapping your knee, your trail leg over," she said. "If you don't have your trail leg over, then you're gliding over the hurdles and you're not going to be able to get those three steps, because you're a step short."
With the right technique, Hines amazes with her talent to prove height is no requirement for a hurdler.
"What people are amazed at is how she gets over the hurdles with her height," James said. "She's not very tall at all. If you watch hurdles, the goal is to have three steps between your hurdles. As short as she is, she does three steps and everybody thinks it's about height, but it's about speed.
"She's got enough speed to where if she has her steps down, there's three steps between every hurdle. That's one of her keys to success, combined, of course, with her speed that she has."
The steps have led Hines to success each meet this season.
"I'm very proud of myself," she said. "Before, I didn't think that I would be here. I thought 'Hurdles? Oh yeah, that'll be fun. Let's try it.' I've really been shocked with myself. I've shocked myself so many times this year. I didn't even know how good I was doing until the finish line. I just have fun."
As the personal records continue to accumulate in Hines' three events, that fun should last right into the state championship, James said.
"If she continues to progress, she has an opportunity to win one, two or all three of those events," he said.