Racking up many accolades through her first three years on the Mount Paran Christian track and field team, Renee Dockins looked forward to a strong senior season.
Dockins and her teammates did not have the opportunity to make her prediction come true.
The season came to an abrupt halt in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it forced her to look on the bright side of things. Still, Dockins said she will cherish the memories she made through track and field and her second sport, volleyball, for the rest of her life.
“I did not think it would be the end,” Dockins said. “We still had a training schedule during the first postponement, so I planned on running again.”
Track and field played an important role over Dockins’ high school career. She said her favorite memory would be Mount Paran’s 2019 team state championship, when the Lady Eagles’ 4x100-meter relay teams finished in first and second in the finals.
“It was the best feeling, because that was what we were working for all year’” Dockins said.
Dockins was able to rack up quite a few accolades during her time at Mount Paran. In track and field, she was a two-time MVP. In 2019, she was a 100 hurdles state champion, a 4x100 relay state champion and a key part of the team championship.
Track and field is not the only sport Dockins has excelled in. She was also a state champion volleyball player and was named to the all-area volleyball team in 2018-19.
More importantly, Dockins will remember her athletic career for the relationships and memories that came along the way.
“The coaches helped to make me a better person while also strengthening my relationship with Christ,” Dockins said. “Also, the impact my teammates had on me, I will miss them so much.”
Dockins credited Mount Paran volleyball coach Selena Chancy and track and field coaches CJ Cody and Emmett Taliaferro for her growth on and off the court, track and field. Next, she plans to study nursing at the University of Mississippi in the fall.
“My brother goes to Ole Miss, so I have visited a lot,” Dockins said. “It feels like the right fit for me.”
Although Dockins had offers to compete in athletics at the collegiate level, she decided to play club sports at Ole Miss and focus on earning her degree.
“I hope to work in a hospital someday,” Dockins said. “I want to help cancer patients as much as I can.”