Western Tech’s Carrington Akosa’s sleep schedule is far from that of a normal high school student. He goes to bed at 7 p.m. every school night and wakes up between 2 and 3 a.m. to do his homework.
“It’s like clockwork,” Western Tech coach Shedrick Elliott said.
But sleep is not the only thing that makes Akosa the runner he has become. His sleep schedule, coupled with his exceptional work ethic and most of all his scorching speed, served him well on Saturday at the track and field championships at Morgan State. Akosa won the 100, 200 and 400-meter races, dominating the entire day in Class 2A.
On the weekends, Akosa wakes up at 6 a.m. Every once in a while he tries to sleep in later, but he wakes up early anyway. That’s what he’s used to.
“You’re guaranteeing yourself eight hours of sleep,” Akosa said. “It’s worked out perfectly.”
He finished with a time of 10.62 seconds in the 100 and 48.45 in the 400. But it was his 21.15 time in the 200 that impressed Elliott most.
Elliott said he was expecting more from Carrington in the 400, yet he bounced back in a quick turnaround in the 200.
“It was amazing seeing that time,” Elliott said. “He was ecstatic.”
Akosa attributed his success in the 200 to the fact that he didn’t have time to think about what he was doing. He knew he was surrounded by top-notch competition, but he just focused on running his own race.
“It ended up being the best race ever,” an ecstatic Akosa said. “It’s really amazing. I don't know how that happened, but it happened. I just ran.”
Akosa will attend Princeton next year on a full scholarship. Elliott said Akosa’s success on Saturday helps to establish him as one of the Tigers’ best 200 runners.
Teammate Justin Sye said Akosa’s results this season have proven that he’s an elite runner. Western Tech excelled as a team on Saturday, thanks in large part to Akosa’s dominance.
“It was a long day,” Sye said with a grin. “Carrington just did his thing.”