Don Weast, Associate Athletic Director
EMPORIA – The shutdown of NCAA Championships by COVID-19 may have cost Emporia State’s Taysean Goodwin the chance at a national championship, but he did earn the Small College Male Athlete of the Year Honorary ESPY presented by Sports Radio 810 WHB.
Goodwin may go down as the greatest sprinter in Emporia State history. He was the high point scorer at the 2020 MIAA Indoor championships and holds five school records – 21.13 in the indoor 200m, 46.65 in the indoor and 46.30 in the outdoor 400m, and 3:11.26 in the indoor and 3:08.69 in the outdoor 4x400m relay. He is a 12-time All-American for Emporia State, earning four individual honors in the 400m, two in the 200m and six as part of the Hornets 4x400m relay.
After having his senior season cut short due to the shutdown caused by COVID-19 the Blue Springs, Mo. native will return for his senior outdoor season in 2021.
For the first time since the inception of the ESPYS, ESPN is bringing a select number of markets around the country the opportunity to award Honorary ESPYS in various categories. Sports Radio 810 is joining forces with ESPN to award Honorary ESPYS in various categories to the KC community and its surrounding areas. Over 1,800 nominations were submitted in 16 categories.