Emerald Cove's Akeem Taylor, center, sprints past Tradewinds’ Evensky Burleus, left, and Roosevelt’s Jimmy Hicks in winning the boys 400-meter dash recently at the Palm Beach County Middle School track and field championships at Park Vista High School. (Gary Curreri / June 19, 2013)
Emerald Cove Middle School's Akeem Taylor literally followed in his brother's footsteps this year.
The 13-year-old Wellington eighth-grader won a county middle school individual championship and was named his school's MVP for boys track after he captured the boys 400-meter dash recently at the Palm Beach County Middle School track and field championships at Park Vista High School.
"I was thinking I really want to win this," said Taylor, whose brother, Nygell Sebastian, now a freshman at Palm Beach Central, won the county shot put title last year and was also named the school's MVP. "My brother got his name in the gym and I wanted to put my name up there too, right next to his."
Taylor won the boys 400-meter dash in a personal best time of 54.32 shaving more than a half second off his previous best time of 54.96.
"Sometimes I would tell him my name is going to be up next to yours," said Taylor, who has been running track since the third grade. I try to stride it out and stay close with everybody and sprint it all out the last 200 meters."