Akins just misses making Olympic team

Published 5:32 pm Monday, July 2, 2012

Former Bainbridge High School Bearcats All-State and Auburn University Tigers All-American hurdler Ty Akins just missed making the U.S. Olympic track and field team for this summer’s London Olympics.

After qualifying for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., Akins triped over the seventh hurdle in the finals.

Akins, the sixth-ranked hurdler in the nation, needed to finish in the top three to represent the United States in London. He was one of eight runners to make it to the finals.

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A Bainbridge High School male senior athlete of the year, Akins was also an All-Region 1-AAAA wide receiver with the Bearcats’ football team.

He claimed two SEC championships and a national championship during a five-time All-American career in the 110-meter hurdles at Auburn.

Akins, who currently runs professionally for the Doyle Management team, has turned in some strong performances overseas.

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

Akins was second in meets in Germany, Italy and Switzerland with times of 13.43, 13.30 and 13.30, respectively.