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HIGH SCHOOL TRACK NOTEPAD: Bettering 400 time not too difficult for ‘Easy’
Members of the King George track and field team had a difficult time pronouncing the name of Foxes’ standout sprinter Ezugo Agulou.
So Agulou’s coaches and teammates began referring to the Nigeria native as “Easy.”
As a freshman in 2013, running track was anything but a breeze for Agulou. But with an increased work ethic the King George sophomore has become one of the top 400 meter runners in Group 4A.
Agulou held the top mark in 4A in the 400 (50.48 seconds) before Fauquier’s Tyler Benson (50.44 seconds) surpassed it this past weekend.
But King George coach Rudy Pekarek said the long-striding Agulou should be able to crack 50 seconds this season if his performances keep trending the direction they have been lately.
“He’s starting to get rid of those young guy jitters of ‘I don’t know if I can make it that far at that speed,’” Pekarek said. “If he accomplishes that you’re going to see him under 50 by the end of the year easily.”
Agulou has trimmed his 400 time by two seconds from a year ago. He also received a bit of a confidence boost during the winter season when he placed seventh in the state in the 500.
Pekarek said the next step in his progression is to start his races faster, and not rely solely on strong finishes.
“You’re not going to catch these guys from behind that are running 49 seconds,” Pekarek said. “He’s finally realized that if he’s going to keep up he’s got to get up right away.”
Pekarek said Agulou must also adjust to being a known commodity. He’ll be matched up against Benson and other strong competitors at the Conference 22, 4A North Region and state meets.
“[Benson’s] a real nice kid and he’s in our conference and I told Easy, ‘You’re going to see him over and over again,’” Pekarek said. “So if you want to win you’ve got to go after these people.”
—Taft Coghill Jr.