Throughout the year if you watched any cross country or track and field meets, chances were you saw West Stokes senior Josh Adkins leading the way. The recent graduate is continuing to do what he loves at the college level and has signed a letter of intent to run for Lenoir-Rhyne University this fall.
“I started doing track in seventh grade and year-round running as a junior. I enjoy the competition and the people who do it,” Adkins said.
The athlete’s competed mostly in the 400, 800, and 1600 meter races along with the 4×4 and 4×8 relays.
“My personal preference in events is the 800 meter because it requires a great amount of tactics as well as a strong pace,” he said.
As a freshman Adkins came in consistently in the seventh and eighth spot, but through pure drive made himself one of the fastest young men in the state for the 800 meter.
In the 2A indoor state championship this season he placed third in the 1000 meter. In the outdoor state championship he came in fourth in the 800 meter setting a personal goal of breaking two minutes with a finish time of 1:58.
The athlete credits coach Benji Knox for helping instill in him the value of hard work and dedication.
“Coach Knox has had a significant impact on my life. He really helped me train and became a role model and a close friend to me over the years.”
Adkins said he felt a connection at Lenoir-Rhyne and likes the small, close-knit community. He plans to study biology and would like to pursue a career in teaching.
His parents, Donna and Darrell Adkins, said the opportunity to run at the college level is validation for all his hard work over the years.
“I’ve never once doubted that Joshua would succeed at whatever his passion is. He’s a very driven personality in everything he does. He’s the type of young man that has an internal drive to work hard. He doesn’t let anything be an excuse for taking care of his responsibilities,” his mother said.
Adkins was awarded the prestigious Cromer Scholarship which covers full tuition over all four years and his athletic scholarship will offset room and board.
Knox said Adkins dedication, toughness, and work ethic is what you would like to see in all kids who want to succeed in track.
“Josh has grown so much as a young man. The quiet ninth grader turned into a leader that everyone looked up to.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.