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Brooks to continue track career at VMI

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Comet student-athlete Herbert Brooks is headed to Virginia Military Institute to participate in track. With Brooks, seated are his parents, William T. Brooks and Iris M. Brooks. Second row, assistant track coach Robert Thaxton, HCHS athletic director Allen Lawter, track coach Mary Douglas and assistant principal Kelvin Davis. / May 23, 2019
Herbert Brooks is taking the next step in his student-athlete experience to the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

Brooks, a Comet track standout, has earned partial scholarship help from VMI to continue that sport. Brooks might also play football, although no decision has been made at this time.

Comet track coach Mary Douglas said, “(Brooks) fell in love with (VMI) right away.”

VMI invited Brooks for an official visit. His main event for outdoor is discus, but VMI is planning to try him in the hammer for the winter indoor season.

“VMI has a very good track program,” said Douglas, pointing to the football program might be able to use Brooks there. “We’re not ruling (football) out,” said Douglas.

“Track is what he’s going for,” said Douglas. “Herbert loves football, too.”

Douglas said Brooks is ‘self-directed’, and is involved in learning new skills relating to the sport of track. Brooks has had a very successful track career at HCHS.

He recently received the Tucker Watkins award as the top male athlete in the school.

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