Erin Hawkins: Working Hard to Get Back to Where She Once Was.

Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt-Minnesota

Erin Hawkins-DM Roosevelt-Minnesota

In 2009, her freshman season at Des Moines Roosevelt, young Erin Hawkins got a taste of big time success. She qualified to the Drake Relays in 3 events and earned 1 medal.  She qualified to the state meet in 4 events and came home empty handed.  But competing at that high level was something she would come to love and want more of.

In 2010, Hawkins made it back to Drake in 2 events, but this time, no hardware came home with her.  At the state meet she showed the entire state of Iowa what could be expected from the diminutive Roughrider in the future.  She qualified in 4 events, and although none of them were gold, she carted home 4 medals.

The 2011 season started off as good as, or, better than anyone could have visioned.  Hawkins and her teammates had dominated most every event they competed in; in every meet they entered.  Erin earned 3 firsts and a second place at Drake and stepped to the top of the podium for all 4 events entered at the state meet.

2012 looked as though it would be a “season for the ages” for Erin Hawkins and her teammates.  They had the state leading effort in many events.

At the Drake Relays, Roosevelt won 7 events and Hawkins had a hand in 4 of them.  She won the 100 meters in 12.67.  She anchored the 4×100 to a Drake Relays and All Time Iowa high school record of 47.55.  She anchored the 4×200 to a Relays mark of 1:41.66, which is number two all time and a Sprint Medley win with the fifth fastest time ever of 1:46.20.

More records would surely fall at the state meet

In the prelims of the 100 meters at the 2012 Drake Relays, Hawkins appeared to have “tweaked” her knee just a bit.  Perhaps aggravating a minor injury that occurred while partaking in some horseplay with her sister a couple of years prior.

Although she was able to focus on her effort and not the pain, her Athlete of the Meet performance would close out her high school career.  There would be no senior season state meet for Erin Hawkins.  There would be no run at a state team title for Roosevelt.  Hawkins had suffered a torn ACL and a ruptured meniscus.  Surgery was performed on July 15, 2012.

I spoke with Erin recently and she appears to be very upbeat and anxious to get back in the blocks or take a handoff, once again.  She has begun, very slowly, to return to working out.  Some is jogging, some of it is doing pool workouts and she has Physical Therapy sessions on a daily basis.  She believes she will redshirt the indoor season for sure, and take a “wait and see” approach on outdoors.

In my conversation with Gopher Head Coach Matt Bingle, he said he is happy with Hawkins’ progress.“Erin is doing well and I feel like she is ahead of where we thought she would be at this point. She has done a great job of working hard up to this point.  She is now getting herself fit and getting more confident with using the knee.  She has a lot of work to do, but I am very confident that she will get there!”

When asked if Hawkins would be redshirted for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, Bingle said, “At this point in terms of competing we are not really looking that far ahead.  She is just focusing on getting back to being the dominant sprinter that she can be and taking it one day at a time, one workout at a time.”

If Erin Hawkins can train herself to be patient during rehab, she will soon be leading the Minnesota Gophers to impressive results in the Big 10, much like she led the Des Moines Roosevelt Rough Riders.

Hawkins at Roosevelt:

  • 12 X State qualifier.  4 X state champion.  8 X state medalist
  • 13 X Drake Relays qualifier.  7 X Drake champion.  9 X Drake medalist

 

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