Piper’s Andre Ewers aiming for sprint double at state finals

04/26/2014 12:00 AM

04/26/2014 12:04 AM

With two career-best races at the Region 4-4A championships Thursday, Piper sprint star Andre Ewers should be in line for a flood of recruiting offers that has incredulously eluded him.

Ewers became the talk of Florida boys’ track when he followed a personal-best 10.31 (U.S. No. 2) in the 100 with a personal-best 21.09 (U.S. No. 4) in the 200, in which he came in as the No. 7 seed, to cap a spectacular sprint double.

“I feel like I am getting no love,’’ Ewers said. “I need the love to get a track scholarship. That is what I really need. I don’t have it like these kids do. It’s my dream to get a full ride to college to be a successful young man in academic and athletics.”

Ewers’ new personal-bests sets him up as a double sprint state champion at the Class 4A State Finals on May 3.

Damion Thomas, a former Boyd Anderson head coach who led the Cobras to the 2012 state title and celebrated his son Damion clocking a U.S national freshman record 14.05 to win the 110 hurdles, noted that Ewers’ top five national times should also earn an invitation to the Adidas Dream 100 in New York on June 14.

It seems fitting that Ewers listens exclusively to Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger – the Rocky III theme – to get amped up for workouts and meets. Ewers’ “coming out party” came at the Walter Dix Invitational earlier this season when he stormed back from sixth place coming out of the blocks to win the 100.

That relentless effort impressed Dix, a former Florida prep sprint great turned U.S. Olympian, so much he gave Ewers the ringing endorsement needed to take his confidence to a national-caliber level.

“When I ran a 10.54 at the Walter Dix after walking everybody down, Dix looked at me and said, ‘Young man, I am looking forward to seeing you compete in the future,’ ” Ewers said. “[He said], ‘Improve your start and you will be great.’ I have improved my start and that has made me dangerous now.”

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