Robert E. Lee graduate wins national competition

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Ashtian Horton is a national jump rope champion. He practices every day for at least two hours. 

"It's my personal time to express myself," Robert E. Lee High School graduate Ashtian Horton says. "I just do it. Whatever comes to me, I'll try a trick and put it together."

Horton started jump roping at the age of five with the Heart Throbbers. In June, he placed first in single pairs freestyle at the USA Jump Rope Championship. He enjoys being with the competition. 

 "Everyone is friendly," Horton says. "Everybody is supporting each other, trying to get the best out of everyone."

Horton's coach has been by his side since the beginning. She is always there to encourage him to do his best.

"I've seen how he has grown and changed," Coach Tracy Berg says. "He's become a leader and I'm very proud of him."

Jump roping runs in his family's blood. His brother coaches a team in Huntsville. Jump roping is an activity the entire family could not be without. 

"My love for jump rope is like my love for food," Horton says. "I have to have it! Every single day!"

Horton is now off to Tarleton State University where he wants to study kinesiology. 

He plans to start a jump rope team while in college. 

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