Friday Focus: Emi Erekosima Jumps Atop Maryland Leaderboards

(Photo by Mary Ann Magnant)

We recently caught up with North Hagerstown senior Emi Erekosima as he kicks off his final season of high school track and field. A state meet qualifier in both the triple jump as a sophomore and 300 meter dash as a junior, Erekosima lost much of his upperclassman years to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That didn't stop him from recording several breakout performances over the past calendar year, however. In October, he cleared the 46-foot mark in the triple jump for the first time; in January, Erekosima raised his personal best to 48 feet, 0.25 inches with a runner-up effort at the Virginia Showcase. The performance makes him one of just two Maryland athletes since 2008 (along with Northwest 2019 graduate Clarence Foote-Talley) to jump 48 feet indoors.

Now, the recent Penn State University commit heads into his final season of high school track and field with his sights set on the 50-foot mark in the event, something only Foote-Talley has accomplished in recent Maryland history. We caught up with him to talk about his quarantine training, his recent performances and his goals heading into the spring.