Today, we salute Kiana Banks of Spalding High School. Kiana is a GHSA 4A back to back State Champion in the 400m (2017, 2018), State Champion in the 200m (2018), and her 4x4 relay team won the state for the first time in school history (2018). Kiana is a 2 star athlete. She also helped her team win GHSA 4A state championship. Kiana has a 3.8 GPA.
What was your most memorable race/competition?
My most memorable race was the 2018 GHSA State 4X4 relay finals. I was the anchor leg. When I got the baton my team was in 5th place. My team ended up winning the race and we broke the school record.
Where did you face your biggest competition?
I faced my biggest competition at New Balance Nationals in Greensboro the last 2 summers. I ran against some of the best 400m runners in the country.
Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
Winning the state championship in the 400m and the 200m was a great accomplishment. Also, being a state champion in 2 sports (track and basketball) in the same year was another great accomplishment.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school?
I would not change anything. I had some highs and lows throughout my high school career but those experiences made me a stronger and more humble person.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss my team in both track and basketball. We were like family. We had a strong bond and everyone got along. I would also miss the support I got from people in the community. They really supported me throughout my high school year and I am really appreciative of that.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
I would tell younger athletes to put God first and to trust in Him and let God direct your path. I would also encourage younger athletes to never give up.
How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals overall?
My coaches have always spoken encouraging words to me and encouraged me to push through adversity.
What are your post-high school plans?
I will be running track for Texas Christian University (TCU) in the fall. Go Frogs!
I would like to thank my family and friends, all my high school and club coaches, my trainers and everyone else who have been on this journey with me.
I would especially like to thank Coach Pinckney and the rest of the coaching staff at Spalding High School for helping me understand the meaning of #GTB! Coach Roberts for always supporting me. A special shout out to my mom for being my #1 fan throughout my high school career.