Source: Sherman Publications

Athlete of The Week

by Wendi Reardon

June 05, 2013

Junior Ian Eriksen has a quickness which cannot be stopped on the track.

He finished his spring season with the Clarkston Boys Track & Field team taking sixth place in the 200-meter dash in 22.96 while competing in the MHSAA State Finals.

Eriksen started the season as a short distance runner in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash but moved up to longer distances and joined the 1,600-meter relay team.

“I am always comfortable with sprinting and I wanted to do as much as I could this year for the team,” he added. “So I ran those events. I wanted to keep working on sprints and keep improving.”

He finished as regional champion in the 200-meter dash and broke the school record at 21.81.

It met one of his goals for the season to keep getting faster.

Eriksen also finished as a regional champion lending his speed to his teammates Scott Cousino, Joe Definis and Blake Sutherland in the 1,600-meter relay team.

He also finished the season as league champion in three events in the OAA Red in 1,600-meter relay, 200-meter dash and the 100-meter dash.

“I have run my fastest 200-meter time this year and our 4x400-meter team is doing great, too,” he said. “We had a lot of fun.”

Eriksen is also a running back with the Clarkston Varsity Wolves Football team and noted both sports compliment each other.

“Track is really good for speed, endurance, running and getting comfortable in your stride” he added. “After track season, it’s getting ready for football. I am always ready when football comes because I am in shape from track.”

His advice for athletes is to work their hardest.

“There is no substitution for hard work,” Eriksen added. “If you put in the time and strive to be the best, believe you are the best, and train like you are the best - you will have success.”

He can be seen on the football field when the Wolves host their fifth annual Football for a Cure on Aug. 17.