During the signing ceremony Wednesday for Munford High track standout Ayonna Lemons, there were 15 trophies, some of them nearly as tall as her, arranged around the table.

That tells you just about everything you need to know about Lemons, who will run track at UT-Martin next year.

"The biggest thing with her is she's a winner," said assistant track coach Thomas Walters. "She was a winner in middle school, she was a winner in four years of high school and she'll be a winner when she goes to college as well. She has a winning attitude."

Lemons won multiple races and titles during her illustrious career. Her specialty is hurdles, but she's also competed in the pentathlon, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, long jump and multiple relays.

"She is such a multi-purpose athlete there's nothing in track she can't do," said Munford head track coach Bernard Ivie. "From day one, when she was a freshman, I knew she was a special athlete."

Lemons took weight lifting classes all four years at Munford to make her better on the track and the results speak for themselves.

She will join Kayla Tud, a sprinter and 2018 Munford graduate, at UTM. The two were on several relays teams together last season.

"With Kayla Tud they already know what Munford athletes are made of," Ivie said.

Lemons took a visit to the campus in Martin before committing to the school and liked what she saw.

"I've always wanted to go there, first off all," Lemons said. "I feel like Martin is right at my level. When I went on a visit they made me feel like I was already family and I fit right in. They're like a family there and I felt that's where I could be most successful."

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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