Goodness, what a trackman for Tonka

Sports Editor

After making it to the State Class AA Meet in his freshman and sophomore seasons, Minnetonka High trackman Goodness Akindemowo is looking for more as a junior this spring.

Minnetonka sprinter Goodness Akindemowo (left) likes hanging out with his track buddy Max Collier. They are among the Skippers’ most versatile performers. (Sun Sailor staff photo by John Sherman)
Minnetonka sprinter Goodness Akindemowo (left) likes hanging out with his track buddy Max Collier. They are among the Skippers’ most versatile performers. (Sun Sailor staff photo by John Sherman)

With a head-start on outdoor training, compared to most years, Akindemowo is confident that he can establish himself as one of the top sprinters in Minnesota this spring.

“My goal for the season is to go as far below 11 seconds in the 100 as I can,” he said during a break in the Skippers’ dual meet with Edina April 7.

Akindemowo has been training in the offseason with a personal coach, Mark Brown.

“He trains me and Denzel Brown from Eden Prairie,” said Akindemowo. “Mark has worked a lot with me on powering through my start.”

A key to a good start in the 100-meter dash is coming out of the blocks low to the ground. Akindemowo said that’s especially important when the wind is blowing toward the starting line, as it was at Edina last Friday.

In addition to running the dashes and the relays for Minnetonka, Akindemowo competes in the jumps. In the dual meet with Edina, which the Skippers lost 93-53, he was able to earn a fourth place in the long jump with a best of 18 feet, 7 and 1/4 inches.

Minnetonka head coach Josh Stephan is appreciative of how Akindemowo will do anything to help the team.

“Goodness has really matured over the last two years,” Stephan observed. “He has high goals and works year-round to achieve those goals. His focus has been spectacular.”

Akindemowo is one of several Skippers expected to score big points in the big meets. Seniors Max Collier, Tres Green, Thomas Kohn and Matt Wilkinson are prime performers who will lead Minnetonka’s quest for state berths. Each has a best event, plus other good events. Collier is a competitive sprinter, who also could be a force in the jumps. Green is the leader of Tonka’s weight contingent in the shot put and the discus. Kohn is a returning All-Lake jumper, who can also sprint. Wilkinson leads the Skippers’ distance runners along with his younger brother Adam, who is a junior.

Add some enthusiastic newcomers to the mix and it’s easy to see why coach Stephan is excited about the prospects for the 2017 season.

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