MVP Ewers creates history at FSU, envisages trip to Worlds in September

By May 14, 2019

Sprinter Andre Ewers created history when he became the first Florida State University (FSU) sprinter to win back-to-back sprint doubles at the ACC Championships held at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Virginia from May 9-11.

Ewers, who was running only his third race after suffering a hamstring injury in February, won the 100m in a season-best 10.06 and the 200m in 20.31. He was also a member of FSU’s gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team and was named the MVP of the ACC Championships.

He dedicated the victories to his grandfather, Noel ‘Tata’ Edwards, who passed earlier this year.

Ewers, who was only the third sprinter in the last 50 years to pull off the sprint double in consecutive years, said he went into the championships intending to do something great.

“The sprint double this weekend was special really special in many ways. It showed me that even though I got hurt, with faith in God, hard work and sacrifice, all things are possible. My whole mindset coming into the meet was to make history and leave my mark,” he told Sportsmax.TV.

“And it was dedicated to my grandfather that passed away two days before the indoor ACC championship when I was hurt and couldn’t compete.”

The Grade 2 hamstring injury Ewers suffered in late January was a double-edged sword for the 23-year-old Jamaican, who said he isn’t close to achieving his goals for the season.

“It set me back in terms of accomplishing my indoor goal but I’m actually happy it happened. It was a blessing in disguise for the long outdoor season,” he said explaining that he plans to visit Jamaica in June with the hope of booking a spot on his home country’s team to the IAAF World Championships in Doha in September.

“My target is to make the World Championship team by the grace of God. I haven’t met my goal for the season as of yet. I am just taking it one race at a time trusting the process and putting my faith in God.”

He said in terms of fitness, he is where he wants to be. “My coach had me do two 400s coming off injuries and I PR’ed both times, plus this time last year I ran 10.13 legal, so I’ll say I’m pretty fit. And far as peak, I am just I’m trusting my coach and his plans.”

Leighton Levy

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