She’s also bumped up her strength through a weight training class during the school day. At 5-foot-6, 108 pounds, she can squat 240 pounds.
Coach T.D. Holsclaw, who took over at the Lorton school for Majors’s freshman season, calls her “a once in a lifetime athlete,” both because of her skills and her attitude on the track.
“I’ve seen the way she works, and I still say, ‘How can you do it all in one day?’ ” her brother said. “You have to be tired after all that.”
At the Penn Relays like many other invitational meets, Majors is limited in the number of events she can enter. Most states, including Maryland, and the District adhere to the National Federation of State High School Associations rule, which permit athletes to participate in no more than four events, including relays.
But in the Virginia district, region and state meets, she can truly set herself apart from the pack. Per Virginia High School League rules, ahletes can compete in three running events and as many field events as they choose.
Each of the past two years, she won seven individual events at the indoor AAA Patriot District meet (long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, 55, 500, 300), and in February she posted a meet-record 64 points by scoring in the same seven events at the final AAA Northern Region meet.
Majors powered South County to its first state title in any sport when she won the long jump and pole vault and placed second in three events and fourth in another at the state meet. She also anchored the school’s sixth-place 4x400 relay team, becoming the first athlete in state history to score in seven events. Her 49 individual points set another meet record.
The group who scored in six includes Sheena Johnson of Gar-Field and Yvette Lewis of Menchville, both of whom went on to represent the United States in international competition.
At Tennessee, Majors could compete in the all-encompassing pentathlon (indoors) and heptathlon (outdoors) but may limit her focus to long jump and 400 meters, her top events.
Majors’s father said the Volunteer coaches have expressed concerns about her overdoing it in her final high school season, but she has no plans to slow down now. She’s having too much fun testing her personal limits.
“I’m still a little bit all over the place,” Majors said. “I can’t help it. I just like to do everything. I can’t imagine giving up anything.”