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ACHIEVEMENT  — Andrecus Eddington will move on to run track and field at Indiana Institute of Technology.
Herald Photo/Dean Hockney ACHIEVEMENT — Andrecus Eddington will move on to run track and field at Indiana Institute of Technology.
While the track and field season ended prematurely for Kokomo Wildkat sprinter Andrecus Eddington, the future is bright for one of the fastest runners to ever wear the red and blue. 

A two-sport standout, Eddington chose to run at a national power in small college track and field – the Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) in Fort Wayne.

“I only applied to three school, and I felt Indiana Tech was the best one,” said Eddington. “I made a visit and liked how the classes were, and I was able to meet the team. There was great teamwork, and they win championships.”

Eddington enjoyed an excellent career at Kokomo, albeit one that was cut short when a hamstring injury knocked him out of the Kokomo Regional. He entered as one of the favorites to win the 100-meter dash and return to the IHSAA State Finals, but he pulled up short, grasping his hamstring.

That setback – which he will recover fully from – does not tarnish a career that saw him run the third fastest 100 in school history (10.86), which was impressive considering the long and successful history of Wildkat track. He finished his career with nine sectional titles and multiple North Central Conference championships.

“I have had a lot of fun at Kokomo,” said Eddington. “I think my best memory was going to state and having the chance to run with a lot of great athletes.”

His nine sectional titles include blue ribbons in the 100 in 2015 (11.21), 2016 (11.34) and 2017 (11.31); the 200-meter dash in 2015 and 2017; the 400-meter relay in 2015 and 2017; and the 1,600-meter relay in 2015 and 2017. He also won the 2016 regional title in the 100 (11.15) before placing 21st in the state finals (11.21). His run of 10.86 earned him the NCC title this season.

“He has been a big part of our program for our years and a solid cornerstone of our program,” said Kokomo Head Coach Tom Byrnes. “The last three years, we have built the team around him and his special skills.”

Byrnes said Eddington is one of those rare talents who he was fortunate enough to coach.

“He was born with an awful lot of talent, and I hope we have improved that,” said Byrnes, who coached the Wildkats to a pair of sectional titles with Eddington on the squad. “He is a hard worker and very coachable. He is a team player. He is special. He can run anything from the 400 down and could probably also long jump.”

Eddington also starred on the Wildkats soccer field. He scored three goals and tallied one assist last season. Head Coach Aaron Blessing said after the season that Eddington was a “dangerous attacker all season playing as a midfielder.” 

But Eddington joked he was “not that great at soccer. It is always fun to be part of another team. I loved running up and down the field and scoring goals.” The Kats won sectional titles in 2014 and 2015.

Eddington will be a sprinter in a Warriors program that has finished first or second in five consecutive NAIA National Outdoor Championships. They took national runners-up honors last month and recently were named the NAIA Program of the Year for the second consecutive year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

“He is going into a program that is a national powerhouse with a lot of talented kids,” said Byrnes. “He will have to work his way up, and I think he will. He will blossom in college because he will be able to specialize in one or two events.”

Eddington aspires to be another success story under the guidance of Indiana Tech men’s and women’s head coach Doug Edgar. During his tenure at Tech he has led the Warriors eight NAIA National Championships between the two teams – six men’s national titles (three indoor, three outdoor) and two women’s national titles (both outdoor). The men won three straight indoor titles (2014-2016) and captured outdoor titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016; they were four points short of winning the 2015 outdoor title. While at Tech, Edgar has coached 401 All-Americans (191 Indoor, 210 Outdoor) between the two programs while 502 athletes have garnered all-conference accolades (217 Indoor, 285 Outdoor).