Eagles News · Wilkins-Maxwell Joins the Pilots

Elkhart Christian Academy of Elkhart, IN is pleased to announce that Desmond Wilkins-Maxwell has signed to continue his track & field career at Bethel College. Desmond is the son of Ross and Samantha Maxwell and Christina Wilkins.


Some of Desmond’s athletic accomplishments in high school are:


Freshman Year: Named ECA Track & Field’s Most Improved Athlete


Sophomore Year: Named ECA Track & Field’s Most Outstanding Athlete, Qualified for Outdoor Regionals in the High Jump


Junior Year: Named ECA Track & Field’s Most Outstanding Athlete, qualified for Indoor State in which he finished 8th in the long jump, finished 3rd in Sectionals and qualified for Outdoor Regionals in the Long Jump


Senior Year: Qualified for Indoor State in both the 60-meter dash and the long jump, placing 10th in the 60 and 3rd in the long jump and won the long jump at the Churubusco Invite


Broken Records:

  1. 4×1 – 44.9
  2. Long Jump – 22’2”
  3. High Jump – 6’0”
  4. Indoor 60m – 7.28
  5. 100-meter dash – 11.1
  6. Indoor 4×2 – 1:33

In addition to track, Desmond has played basketball and baseball for ECA. In basketball, he earned the Most Improved and the Coaches Awards.


Desmond has also played football for the Osceola Eagles. In his time, there, he earned All-Conference honors, was named the team MVP and led his team in scoring at 128 points.


Richelle Viront, Athletic Director at Elkhart Christian Academy, says, “I am so proud of Desmond. He has worked tirelessly in all aspects of life from the physical to the academic to the emotional. God has worked in his life and Des is ready to take on all that comes next. He has made ECA proud and I am confident that Bethel will be proud of how Desmond will represent them as well.”


ECA track coach, Allen Lollis comments, “Desmond seems to have unlimited abilities and potential.  He is never content on the record he just broke or the race he just won.  He is as aware as anyone else that what counts now is not the past, though it is filled with great memories, but the present, and how to compete now.  In this sense, he is a tremendous athlete, always striving for more.  On top of that, he has overcome quite a lot in life, of which no medal or record could ever capture.  We are all so proud of you Desmond!”