Kyzaiah Stone has a presence that fills no matter house he occupies. Standing 6 ft. 1 in. with brightly coloured hair and a nostril ring, he’s arduous to overlook.
The Cleveland Excessive graduate will attend North Carolina State College within the fall of 2022 on a full monitor and area scholarship. He set the state excessive soar file of seven ft. 1 in. on the 2022 4A state winter monitor meet.
None of that is stunning since Stone has the genetics equal of an Olympic athlete…fairly actually. His mom, Adriane Dompier, can be an NC State graduate, and holds the Raleigh Relays file for her excessive soar of 6 ft. 1 ½ in. set in 1996.
“When Kyzaiah breaks the boys’s file we are going to each maintain the Raleigh Relays excessive soar file,” she mentioned. “He’ll do it!,” she exclaimed. That file is 7 ft. 3 ¼ in. set by Tanner Anderson in 2010.
Along with being a scholar athlete at NC State, which calls for an immense quantity of focus in and of itself, Stone may also practice for the 2024 Olympic trials.
His objective is to leap his option to world domination. In truth, his coach at NC State is similar coach that helped his mother to her second Olympic trials in 2008. A full circle second for Dompier as a mom and an athlete.
The present Olympic file is 7 ft. 10 in. set by Charles Austin in 1996, and the world file is 8 ft. ¼ in., set by Javier Sotomayor in 1993, each of which he plans on crushing. “I imagine in myself that I could make it,” he mentioned with a shy confidence.
One would assume that Stone seems to be as much as Austin and Sotomayor as heroes, nevertheless his hero is far, a lot nearer to dwelling. “I’ve one hero, and it’s my coach, my finest good friend…my mama,” he declared.
She has been Stone’s volunteer coach ever since he determined to give up soccer and turn out to be an ideal excessive jumper. “As a coach he’s the dream athlete. As his mom, he has been the son that oldsters pray for,” she mentioned with satisfaction. “He brings me a lot pleasure.”
One in every of three siblings, Stone, is the center baby. Monitor and area is unquestionably a household affair. Not solely are he and his mother monitor stars, however his youthful sister additionally participates in monitor, so they’re collectively lots.
“My sister is often with me after I trip dwelling from follow,” he mentioned. It’s clear that Stone comes from a good knit household. He really will get alongside together with his youthful sister, unthinkable for lots of siblings at this age.
Stone’s dream of changing into an ideal excessive jumper was not as straightforward for him as one would assume. The entire genetics, high quality teaching (principally from his mother), and help (once more, principally from his mother) doesn’t make somebody good. It isn’t even the desire to win in Stone’s view.
His motivation is obvious and easy, and that’s to have enjoyable. In truth, the phrase “Keep bouncy” is his mantra. It was his mother’s phrases of encouragement proper earlier than a race when he was feeling nervous. Now that phrase is in his head each time he competes, together with music starting from rap to nation.
The primary season Stone was self-admittedly very critical. Perhaps a bit too critical. He wasn’t essentially having any enjoyable. Then he went to one in all his first competitions.
Whereas there, he seen somebody excessive leaping with no marks for measurements. This particular person had no concept how excessive, or low, their jumps have been. They have been merely having enjoyable whereas leaping.
That’s when Stone’s focus and motivation shifted. From there, he received Most Improved and the Coach’s Award on the finish of freshman yr.
Staying bouncy has introduced Stone a mountain of success. It’s the very last thing he’s pondering earlier than leaping or whereas setting himself up on his blocks earlier than one in all his 100-, 200-, 60-meter races or the 4×100 relay. Sure, you learn that proper.
Not solely does Stone soar as excessive as a dolphin, he additionally has the velocity of a cheetah. He simply set the state 40-meter-record which totals 5 state information, in two years, that he holds. He was additionally named most respected participant at a South Carolina competitors.
“I simply love the game and having enjoyable,” he mentioned. If that is Stone’s concept of enjoyable, this have to be like Disney World.
Stone will research animal science at NC State and want to work with giant animals, like lions, tigers, and bears. A member of Future Farmers of America (FFA), he not too long ago confirmed a cow at a county honest.
He was judged not solely on how the cow confirmed (appeared), however on how he cared for the cow, just like the cow’s diet and cleanliness. Lastly, he was judged on how he and the cow interacted with one another.
If you happen to surprise the place he will get all of this power, he sleeps any time he isn’t in school, leaping, or exhibiting livestock. Stone is making good use of his time when he’s awake.
His mother has some new phrases of recommendation for him, “Go soar!” She items her youngsters with their passport after they graduate highschool to encourage them to stretch their wings and soar to new heights, locations, and experiences, and can do the identical for Stone.
“Soar as excessive as you may, my love, and know that mama is rooting so that you can obtain nice issues since you have been set aside for nice issues,” she mentioned. Stone will undoubtedly soar to new heights on this subsequent chapter of his life with the love and help of his household.