Hairston attended Columbus Alternative High School and performed for
Eastern Columbus Gymnastics Academy. She competed in the Level 10
Nationals in 1991 and 1992. She also competed in Level 9 competition in
1990. As a freshman at WVU, she capped an outstanding season by being named the
Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year and the team's most valuable gymnast.
She was also voted to the All-Conference team by coaches for her
performance on the uneven bars. Hairston also enjoyed an outstanding
Atlantic 10 championship performance where she shared first place honors
on the balance beam with three other gymnasts. She also tied for second
on bars and finished third in the all around and posted a season-best
floor score at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Her sophomore year, she
established career highs in the vault and all around and was accorded
first team All-Atlantic 10 honors on the uneven bars for the second
consecutive year by the conference coaches. Hairston also tied for first
place honors on the vault with three other teammates against Towson
State. She finished first overall on the bars and all-around in the
Mountaineers win over Kent State and in a win over
Arizona. Hairston also finished fourth overall at the Atlantic 10 Championships on bars and all-around. Her junior year, she was named the
Atlantic 10 Gymnast of the year along with teammate Kristin Quackenbush.
She was also Atlantic 10 All-Academic in addition to being team captain
and winning the team's most valuable gymnast—the Joseph Medrick award
honoree. That year, she was the Mountaineers' top all-arounder and paced WVU on the vault and on balance beam. She ranked second on the team on the
floor and third on bars. She had 14 first place finishes to her credit that
season. However, she missed the season opener with minor injuries but
was able to compete in every meet after that. She won the beam in her
frist meet against Oregon State and Rhode Island while also placing
fifth on floor and fifth all around against OSU and URI. She won the
vault against Towson State and took sixth on the beam and had a great
meet against Temple where she posted tow firsts in the vault and beam
and a second on the floor. Hairston won the vault and took sixth on the
bars at UMass before an injury forced her to withdraw from the final two
events. She also tied a career high with a first place beam performance
against Pitt and Massachusetts and also took second on the floor,
third on the bars, and fourth on the all round against Pitt and UMass.
She won the all-around competition against Penn State and Kent and her
marks included a career high-tying first place on beam, a second place
on the vault and fifth on the floor. At the LSU Invitational, she took
second on the vault and placed fourth in the all around. Hairston broke the
school record on bars versus Rutgers and nearly posted a rare sweep with four firsts on the vault, bars, beam and all-around
and took fourth on the floor. The marks on the bars, beam and floor were
all career highs.
She had stellar Atlantic 10 Championships with a second place, career high all-around performance. Her marks included a first place, career high on the vault a second place record-tying first place on the bars, second place and career high on the beam and a fourth place floor routine. She finished ninth in all-around at the Southeast Regional while tying for fifth on the vault and eight on the beam. She was WVU's top all-arounder at the NCAA championships. She finished 25th and just missed All-American status on vault with an 18th place finish. Returning her senior year, she was team captain along with Kristin Quackenbush, an All-America candidate, EAGL honors candidate, academic All-America and EAGL candidate.