Former BHS track star has been around the world

Published 7:36 pm Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TY AKINS, a former track star at Bainbridge High School, is currently undergoing training around the world.

Former Bainbridge High School Bearcats All-State and Auburn University Tigers All-American hurdler Ty Akins recently returned from overseas, where he turned in strong performances in the 110-meter hurdles at various professional meets.

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Coach Larry Clark, his former Bearcats track coach, said he couldn’t be prouder of Akins, who is performing professionally with the Doyle Management Group’s team.

“The best thing about Ty’s efforts is the consistency he has shown,” Clark said. “All of his times have been very low. He is getting ready for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. I couldn’t be prouder of him and everything he has accomplished. He is a fine young man.”

Akins was second in the 110-meter hurdles in Poland with a time of 13.38 seconds. He was first in Sweden, Czechoslovakia and France with times of 13.40, 13.35 and 13.35. He also took first place in Spain with a time of 13.40.

Akins was second in Germany, Italy and Switzerland with times of 13,43, 13.30 and 13.30.

Akins is currently back at Auburn, working out with Tigers head track coach Ralph Spry.

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