TIM PEELER: All-America Jumper Adams Has Dual Passions
BY TIM PEELER
Along with NC State men’s track teammate Eric “Eezee”
For Adams, a three-time ACC champion in the long-jump, it’s the perfect outlet for the stress of college athletics and academics. He’s been performing in front of an audience since he was seven, when he became the drummer for the choir at
“I don’t want to downplay music by saying it is my hobby,” said the senior jumper. “Second to track, music is my life’s love. Ideally, I would like one day to be a producer.”
Friday, Adams earned his first career All-America honors by finishing sixth at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., with a jump of 25-feet, 10 -inches. It was his second trip to the indoor nationals in the last three years and his third consecutive trip to some form of the NCAA nationals. As a sophomore, Adams finished 13th in the nation, though he scratched on a couple of his jumps and did not make it through the preliminaries.
He’s suffered through some difficulties since then. He was injured for more than half of his sophomore outdoor season. He didn’t make indoor nationals last year, but he did make outdoor nationals. However, not long after he arrived in
In his final indoor competition,
Not too shabby for someone who never really thought he would participate in track on the college level.
After that, the sports management major would like to pursue a career in music. He’s already recorded hundreds of songs and beats, dating back to his freshman year of high school, when his parents bought him his first Yamaha keyboard. Initially, he had no way of saving those beats, but with a little software and a home computer,
Now, he and Davis have practically a full recording studio in their apartment. That’s where they wrote and recorded the “Wolfpack Anthem” that was played prior to soccer and men’s basketball games this past season. Click the above links to hear both versions of the song.
“My mom says he was really good,”
He hooked up with Davis, a junior jumper from
“My parents have always had different expectations for me,”
And, with his own work as a member of Rollie Geiger’s track team, an All-American.
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