Southfield Christian track star Chika Amene wins state titles

By: Edward Zilincik | Southfield Sun | Published June 13, 2018

 Southfield Christian’s Chika Amene, left, defended her Division 4 state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dash June 2 at the state finals.

Southfield Christian’s Chika Amene, left, defended her Division 4 state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dash June 2 at the state finals.

Photo provided by Todd Crouch

Southfield Christian senior Chika Amene proved yet again to be the fastest in the state in Division 4.

For the second straight year, Amene took the titles in the 100- and 200-meter dash. She finished in 12.44 seconds and 25.19, respectively.

She also placed second in the 400 (57.53), which she won last season, and helped lead the 4x200 relay team to a sixth-place finish.

Amene said that she put in a lot of extra work during the offseason and it paid off.

“My senior year was the hardest year by far out of all of them,” said Amene. “I was indoors in November running, and I was constantly practicing.”

To go along with the grueling work schedule she had for this season, Amene said that she was bothered by an injury to the back of her leg as well. 

“As much I practiced and worked for this, I did rest a ton too,” said Amene. “Sometimes it’s important to rest.”

Amene is a first-generation American and the daughter of immigrant parents from Nigeria. Her father played soccer at the University of Detroit Mercy, and her mother was a track athlete in high school. 

Despite her family’s athletic background, Amene’s interest in track and field came naturally at an early age without any pressure from her parents.

“This was definitely something I did on my own,” Amene said. “I remember racing the boys on the playground in elementary school; I’ve always been into this.”

Coach Todd Crouch is in his seventh year as coach for Eagles and was impressed with Amene’s work ethic all season. 

“Amene is a phenomenal athlete who still runs year-round, including at an indoor national meet earlier this year,” said Crouch. “She came into the season in good shape. She really hates to lose and is disappointed when she doesn’t win.”

As coach, Crouch tried to make sure that Amene was in the best position to do her best when she was competing.

“We worked on block starts to improve her times and being tough mentally,” said Crouch. “Even though her body hurt at the beginning of the season, she was able to succeed.” 

Amene is happy with the results she found this season, but she understands that she still has work to do going forward. Amene has committed to the University of Michigan this fall and plans to continue her career in track and field. 

She leaves Southfield Christian with the school record in the 100 and 200.

“It’s always cool to look at your name in the gym and understand that my record is there to stay,” she said.