Kansas State University will welcome Cayman’s national athlete Shalysa Wray in the next school semester. “I got a scholarship offer” she said in an interview. Wray, 21, previously attended Xavier University of Louisiana as a freshman where she set multiple school records in the 400-meter dash. The CARIFTA Games standout and World Junior semi-finalist returned to Cayman earlier this year like many other college athletes due to the coronavirus pandemic and has since been training alongside Olympian Kemar Hyman.
“I’ve been training with Kemar,” she said. “We’ve been doing warm-ups together, and he’s been motivating me.” Head track and field coach for Cayman, Kenrick Williams says, having an athlete like Hyman assisting Wray prior to her arrival in the Big 12 Conference, could be beneficial considering Hyman’s university record and experience in the sport.
“She can learn something from someone who has been there and is still there,” said Williams. “She is thrilled to work with him; she admires his start and wants to be right where he is one of these days.”
Wray joins the likes of Jamal Walton, Lacee Barnes and Rasheem Brown in the quest to make the Cayman Islands Olympic team in 2021. “I’m going to start back training early so that I can be ready for next year.”
Wray added that she won’t allow common distractions to stop her from reaching her goals when she arrives on the new campus. “I feel like we just need to stay focused,” she said. “These days, I feel it’s our friends that deter us into a different path and make you want to stop training and start doing something else. You just have to stay focus no matter what happens. You know, everyone loses a race every once and awhile but you will reach far if you stay dedicated and focused because that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Wray told Cay 03 Sports that she is hoping to open her competitive season in December in her new Kansas State gear.