Franklin junior runs for the record books


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The state track and field meet is just around the corner, and El Paso has a handful of student-athletes vying for a spot atop the podium.

Among them: Franklin High School junior Omajuwa Etiwe, who has quickly climbed the El Paso record books.

“It’s really crazy to think about it, especially because coming into this year, I never would have dreamed of running a 400 the way I have this year,” Etiwe told KTSM.

Etiwe is the favorite in Saturday’s 6A 400m Final, thanks to his time of 46.95 in the regional championships — the third-fastest ever run by an El Pasoan.

“I knew I was right there of just hitting it, so the last few meters I just decided to kick a little more and I turned around and saw the time and couldn’t believe it,” he said.

The runner is capable of becoming the top quarter-miler in Texas. His raw talent has even drawn interest from collegiate powerhouses like Oregon, Texas, and LSU.

“His potential in track is huge,” Franklin Track Coach Lennie Brooks said. “The calls and emails I’ve received in just the last week have been overwhelming. There’s not many kids that come through El Paso with that kind of ability.”

Etiwe’s talents will be on display on Saturday when he will look to bring home the gold and write his name in the record books.

“My goal is at the very minimum at least a 46-mid, and if I can break into 45 I’ll do my best,” he said.

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