(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.