The name Amiel Emerson can still be found on the track record setters board located in the lobby of Charlie Dalton Gym at Warren County High School. Soon, Emerson could have his name on school records at Sewanee: The University of the South.
After completing a successful career in Warren County that saw Emerson break several records and advance to two state tournaments, the former Pioneer enrolled at Sewanee last fall. It didn’t take long for Emerson to make a name for himself as he competed on the school’s cross country and track teams.
As a freshman for the Tigers, Emerson was named to the Southern Athletic Association All-Conference team. It came after Emerson placed second at the SAA championship event in the 800-meter race, the event that Emerson still holds the WCHS school record.
Emerson completed the race in the SAA championships in one minute, 58.16 seconds to make his mark at Sewanee quickly. It wrapped up a season where Emerson claimed four top-10 finishes in the event, including two wins. Emerson won the 800 at the BSC Hilltop Invitational in Birmingham. Emerson also set a new personal record this season in the 800 as he ran the event in 1:56.98 to win the Sewanee Mountain Laurel Invitational on his home track.
Emerson believes his first season at Sewanee was a great success.
“My first year at Sewanee was really good overall,” said Emerson. “The first semester was rough, but after I got used to juggling academics, running and all the other responsibilities I had I was able to do really well.”
“It took a lot of hard work, but I was able to do well in academics, track and cross country. I really enjoyed my first year on the mountain,” said Emerson.
Emerson’s love for running developed when he joined the Warren County High School track team as a sophomore. Emerson, whose family moved to Warren County from Cuba when he was 7, became a natural when he put on the Pioneer uniform.
Running was an activity Emerson used at first as stress relief, but it turned into something that would help him become a college athlete.
“I started running as a sophomore in high school and fell in love with it because it was such a great stress relief,” said Emerson. “After I joined the WCHS track team I started running the 800. Once I broke the school record, I knew if I worked hard at it I could be really competitive.”
Emerson immersed himself in running, competing in both track and cross country at WCHS. He has moved on to Sewanee to compete in both as his first collegiate event was a cross country event.
During the season, Emerson set a personal record in the 8K race as he finished 33rd in the SAA championships with a time of 27 minutes, 27.15 seconds. Emerson was also the top scorer at the NCAA Southeast regional championship.
Along with competing in the 800, Emerson has also ran with the team’s 4x400 relay team this season. Emerson ran the anchor leg for the Tigers in the SAA championship when the team finished sixth.
Emerson is hoping to make strides in both as a sophomore at Sewanee next season.