A junior in the Woodrow Wilson School, Carrington Akosa is a sprinter on the men’s track and field team and the reigning indoor Ivy League champion in the 200-meter dash and outdoor champion in the 4x100 relay. He was also selected to be the Ivy Heps Most Outstanding Field Performer for winter 2016. This year, Akosa has already made a statement in the first two meets of the 2016 indoor season with multiple wins and a school record in the 60m dash, but nonetheless took time to sit down with The Daily Princetonian to chat about life both on and off the track.
Daily Princetonian: What got you into track and field?
Carrington Akosa: A friend of mine back in high school took me to tryouts.
DP: What do you enjoy most about the sport?
CA: When you run a personal best, you feel like you’re on top of the world and that pushes you to achieve more in track.
DP: What’s the best part of being on the team?
CA: The people. My teammates are an amazing group of guys. The coaches and the general atmosphere of the track are sensational.
DP: Is your student-athlete experience different from your teammates as an international student?
CA: I don’t really know, but I don’t think there’s any difference.
DP: If you weren’t a track runner, what sport would you have liked to play?
CA: Soccer, that’s for sure.
DP: If you could be any animal, which one would you be?
CA: I’d be a cheetah!
DP: Favorite book?
CA: It’s a Nigerian book for small kids called Chike and the River.
DP: Favorite movie?
CA: I would say Evil Cult, a Jet Li movie from the 1990s.
DP: Who’s your role model?
CA: My role model in the track world would have to be this young United States athlete, Trayvon Bromell. But in anything, it has to be my dad.
DP: If you woke up with the ability to speak any language, which would you pick?
CA: Definitely Spanish.
DP: Do you have any career prospects at the moment?
CA: I would love to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
DP: Do you have any goals as a student or an athlete that you want to accomplish by the time you graduate?
CA: I would like to hopefully compete on the national and international stage. I would also like to hold Princeton track records as I graduate.