‘Motivated’ Runner

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Morrow senior Ayrian Evans knows the faster he runs, the better his scholarship to Georgia becomes. "I'm looking to get that full ride," he said.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Morrow senior Ayrian Evans knows the faster he runs, the better his scholarship to Georgia becomes. "I'm looking to get that full ride," he said.

2011 accomplishments

Meet Event Place Time

County 200 First 21.8

County 400 First 48.73

Region 200 First 22.03

Region 400 First 47.04

State 200 Second 21.64

State 400 Second 47.67

When Ayrian Evans signed his track scholarship to Georgia, it was just the beginning of the journey for the Morrow High senior.

He still has a lot to motivate him every time he steps on the track.

The more time he drops, it adds value to his scholarship.

“I’m looking to get that full ride,” said Evans, whose current scholarship covers 90 percent of his college cost. “I can’t relax out there. I want to meet my goals.”

And meeting those goals only serves as more motivation.

Through the early part of the season, Evans says the season “is going well” for him and his Morrow teammates.

He has a season-best time of 21.69 seconds in the 200-meters, which he accomplished at the Peachtree Ridge Fridge Invitational earlier this month. That time is good enough for fifth-best in the state, according to ga.milesplit.com, a website that tracks high school track and field in the state.

It is the second-best time in Class AAAA.

Evans ran a 47.95 at the Jerry Arnold Georgia Challenge on March 10 in the 400 meters for the second-fastest time in the state. It ranks first among Class AAAA runners.

“The season is going kind of good for me,” said the soft-spoken Evans. “I still need to work a lot harder. I’ve got to put in the work. I want to see my times drop.”

In his signature race — the 400 meters — Evans is looking at going between 45 or 46.5 by season’s end.

“It’s really up to me,” Evans said. “I’m motivated because I want that full ride. I’m trying to master my technique. It is getting there. I’ve had some doubts about whether I was in shape for it.”

As the weather gets warmer, Evans said he is gaining more confidence with his training.

Next weekend, he will compete in the Clayton County Championships at Twelve Oaks Stadium. Last season, he won by the 200 and 400 events and helped the Mustangs win the 1,600 relay.

In the 200 at county, Evans is expected to get a big challenge from Drew senior Jadarius West, who has the state’s second-fastest time in the event.

“I’ll be ready,” Evans said. “I’m looking forward to the county meet.”

Evans is coming off a solid indoor season where he placed third at the Brooks PR Invitational at Dempsey Indoor Stadium in Seattle, Wash., last month. He had a personal-best time of 47.86 seconds.

“Indoor was great,” Evans said.

He is working towards his goal of winning state. Last season, he finished runner-up in both the 200 and 400 events.

“There is always pressure when you run,” Evans said. “People are always looking at you to see what you are doing.”

Next season, he will join former Morrow standout Waymon Story at Georgia. Evans said part of the reason he chose Georgia over Middle Tennessee State and Arizona State is the friendship he shares with several members of the Bulldogs’ team.

In addition to Story, other Southern Crescent team members are Zach Sims (Eagle’s Landing) and Luke Baker (Eagle’s Landing Christian).

“It sort of felt like I was still at Morrow because of Waymon,” Evans said. “I felt very comfortable up there. I’m really excited about running at Georgia.”