South Aiken track athlete Deion Bussey has made a name for himself at the high school level for his jumping ability.

After graduation, he’ll cover a great distance with his jump to compete for the Culver-Stockton College track team in Canton, Mo.

He said he also garnered interest from North Greenville, Charleston Southern, USC Upstate and Millikin University in Illinois, but he chose the Wildcats for the opportunity to show “leadership” and see some competitive action sooner.

“I know I could go there and make an impact early,” Bussey said.

He plans to major in athletic training or physical therapy at Culver-Stockton.

Bussey has competed as a sprinter and in the triple-jump competition for the T-Breds, but he’ll focus on long jump for the Wildcats. Culver-Stockton competes in the NAIA’s Heart of America Athletic Conference and has struggled as of late in its meet results, often finishing near the bottom of the pile.

Bussey hopes to help change all that.

“Leaving my name, leaving my mark,” he said of his aspirations in Canton. “I just want the world to know who I am.”

He hopes that legacy won’t end with his college efforts. Bussey said he hopes to begin training for a future in the Olympics, even as soon as while he’s competing for the Wildcats.

“I want to do that as soon as I can,” he said.

Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.