In 1995 and 96 Toombs County High School’s Kelly Martin broke through and excelled in track and field on the state level. At the GHSA State meet in 1995 she finished first in the 100 meter intermediate hurdles in 14.66, second in the long jump and third in the 100 meters.
In her senior season- in 1996- she won three more events and scored all 30 Toombs County points as the Lady Bulldogs finished fourth in Single A.
Kelly won the 100 meters in 12.49, the 100 meter intermediate hurdles in 14.65 and the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet 10 1/4 inches. The 96 track season was the first in which the girls competed in the triple jump and Kelly’s winning jump remains a state record to this day in Single A competition.
Martin was also a standout basketball player and was capable of tossing in 30 or more points on any given night.
Kelly closed her acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame Ceremony with these words. “We can’t lose sight of what it means to be part of a team. We just don’t represent ourselves. We represent the game. Believe in our ability to bring about change and hold fast to faith.”
After high school Martin enlisted in the Army and traveled to Germany, Italy, France, and Amsterdam.
These days Kelly works for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and helps those who can’t help themselves.