This past football season, I wrote a feature about Adrian Killins’ speed. Honestly, I knew he was pretty fast on the football field, but I knew very little about his track-running potential. I was seeking an angle, other than football, and I decided to go with his speed. After seeing him on the track for the first time, at the East Coast Classic, where he set a national time, I was confident I picked the right topic.
Last year, Killins finished third and second in the 100- and 200-meter dash runs in districts, and also fell just short of winning at regionals, but this season Killins has avenged all his close losses.
He swept the top speed runs at Mainland’s conference, district and regional track meets, and now Killins staring down the only meet he hasn’t been victorious: the state finals.
As a sophomore, Killins finished seventh in the 100 and sixth in the 200.
“I was not happy with my finishes last year, but they humbled me,” Killins said. “But, I’m not going to dwell on the past, because it’s a new year and a new era. I’m feeling healthy and well-prepared, so I’m confident I’ll capture a title for my school and my community.”
Killins’ speed has garnered attention by some of the top colleges in nation. He’s already received offers from the University of Miami, West Virginia, Michigan State and Missouri, to name a few, and after running the fastest 40-yard dash time, out of over 500 athletes, at the Rivals Combine Series on March 28, in Tampa, Killins’ stock is only rising.
Right now, Killins isn’t thinking about the college he’ll attend. The only thing in his mind is running.
“Things will be different at state this year,” he said. “I don't expect anything except first place. With the help of God on my side all things are possible; the sky is the limit.”