During the 2018 and 2019 track and field seasons, Northland senior Eugene Boahen made back-to-back appearances in the Division I regional meet and was one of the top boys sprinters in the City League.
Beyond those successes, though, Boahen leaves the Vikings with relationships he’ll always treasure.
“(My best memories have) to be my teammates,” he said. “We just competed and pushed each other hard, trying to get the best out of each other.”
Boahen and his teammates weren’t able to compete this spring after the season was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Last spring in the City meet, Boahen won the 100 meters (10.73 seconds) and 200 (21.87). He also ran on the first-place 400 relay (42.76) with senior Ivan Roberts and 2019 graduates Jesse Prewitt and Mark Lee and the winning 800 relay (1:29.93) with the same teammates.
Boahen also won City titles in the 100 and 200 as a sophomore.
“It really looked like this was going to be his year,” coach Gerald Baker said. “Last year was a breakout year for him. He had the four golds at the City championship, but in the time I spent with him in this preseason and at the beginning of the season, he looked a lot better than he did last year and that’s saying a lot considering how much he accomplished as a junior. We were extremely excited for him this season and right now for the past few months our hearts have been completely broken for all the kids and for him.”
As a sophomore, Boahen was fifth in the 100 (11.38) in the district 1 meet to miss advancing to regional by one spot but ran on the 800 relay that finished seventh (1:30.96) at regional. He also ran on the 400 relay that qualified for regional but did not finish.
Last spring, he placed sixth at regional in the 200 (22.42) to miss advancing to state by two spots.
“(Missing out on advancing to state) made me hungrier,” Boahen said. “I knew I had to get stronger. In the 200, you have to be fast, but if you’re weak, you’ll die at the end.”
Boahen has been working with weights this spring, in addition to going on morning runs before beginning work at a grocery store.
He’s planning to attend Ohio Dominican and hopes to compete for the track program. The Panthers had 11 central Ohio athletes listed on their roster this spring.
“I have some weights at home that I’ve been working with, but I’m mostly at work trying to get ready for college,” Boahen said. “I wanted to go to a two-year college and transfer, but ODU’s offer is so much better especially if you go to a Columbus city school.
“(Running in college is) the goal. Their team is growing, so they have a few good sprinters. I feel like I can help them improve and they can help me as an athlete improve in a lot of ways.”