ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Century’s Sam Amusan is fast. Blazing fast.
On a cold, blustery day last Thursday at Austin’s Dean Bishop Invitational, the junior sprinter won 3 events, set 2 meet records, and ran the 100 meter dash in 10.93 seconds, a time that would have won the AA state meet last year.
“I was actually really surprised about the times because I felt I was slow because of the wind and the circumstances of the weather,” he said.
For three years now, Amusan has been one of the fastest kids in all of Rochester. Now, the sprinter is one of the fastest kids in school history, setting a school record in the 200 and was 3-hundredths of a second short of setting the school record for the 100.
“I think we went into this meet not thinking we were going to be setting any records or anything like that,” said Century Head Coach Jon Vik. “The conditions certainly weren’t the best. You usually like to have it a little bit warmer, but Sam just did a great job and he showed his determination really in the back stretch of a couple of those races.”
Following his showing at the Dean Bishop Invitational, Amusan has his eyes on a much grander prize.
“I want to win state. I want to have that mentality of winning state and going to college for this sport,” Amusan said.
And his coaches are hopeful that with the weather heating up, Amusan will continue to shave time off his already fast 10.93 100 meter dash.
“We would hope that he would continue to get faster as the season progresses and as the weather gets warmer,” Vik said. “I think the great part about Sam is that he’s kind of a happy-go-lucky guy until he steps foot on the track, and then he’s a totally determined person.”
Sam Amusan of the Century Panthers Track and Field team is this week’s KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.