Blue Springs High School graduate Taysean Goodwin, who was featured in Tuesday’s Examiner, is the winner of an Honorary ESPY for the Kansas City area’s Male Small College Athlete of the Year.
Sports Radio 810 WHB presented Goodwin with the award Thursday afternoon following a vote by the public on WHB’s website.
"My mom was listening to the radio when they announced it this afternoon and she came in to tell me," Goodwin said. "It’s all kind of unbelievable, but I’m not surprised because I had so many people voting for me after the story in The Examiner and all my friends from Emporia State."
Goodwin may go down as the greatest sprinter in Emporia State history. He was the high point scorer at the 2020 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Indoor championships and holds five school records – 21.13 seconds in the indoor 200 meters, 46.65 in the indoor 400, 46.30 in the outdoor 400 and 3 minutes, 11.26 seconds in the indoor 1,600 relay and 3:08.69 in the outdoor 1,600 (4x400) relay.
He earned four individual All-America honors in the 400, two in the 200 and six as part of the Hornets’ 1,600 relay squad.
This year, in what was supposed to be his senior season, he was named as an All-American in the 400, 200 and 4x400 relay. Because the rest of the outdoor season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national championships were not run, so All-America honors were based on performances from earlier in the season. When the shutdown took effect, Goodwin was ranked second nationally in the 400, fourth in the 200 and he and Brandon Rhone, Hayden Goodpaster and Guy Ramos were ranked fourth in the 4x400 relay.
"And the NCAA has ruled that I can come back and compete in the outdoor season and hopefully add to my school records and All-American status," the senior standout said.
Goodwin said his phone has been on fire since the announcement was made.
"The first person to call was my girlfriend, then all my friends from all over have been calling," Goodwin said. "It’s a great honor. But I really don’t know what winning the Honorary ESPY means. I think I’ll get some kind of trophy, but I don’t really know.
"It’s just so cool to win."