NIAGARA FALLS—Nick Abdo laid motionless for several minutes after his school-record breaking 800-meter run at the New York Public High School Athletic Association’s Section VI Championships last weekend at Niagara Falls High School.
While normally a school record would be a cause for celebration, nothing but disappointment showed on the senior’s face. His 1:58:17 time was one-hundredth of a second away from qualifying for state competition this coming weekend, after finishing second to Alden’s Josh Jeziorski, who won the race with a 1:58.16 time. Other than finishing first, Abdo’s only other avenue to the states was to meet a state pre-set standard time of 1:56.90, according to Springville boys track and field coach Joe Marvin.
Abdo helped his 4x400 team to a season-best time of 3:34.05 and a seventh-place finish with teammates Seth Dash, Jared Reese and Topher Elkins. The school record for the 4x400 is 3:33.84 and put the group 0.21 away from setting that. The group’s time was exactly 1-second away from earning a patch and a fourth-place finish.
Elkins had the boys team’s second best finish at fourth place with a 51.32 time in the 400-meter and seemed contempt with his finish.
“I’m disappointed about time, but I’m pleased with placement,” the junior said. “I didn’t PR (personal record), so that’s why the time was disappointing.”
Brett Russell rounded out competition by the boys team with two distance events. He finished 15th in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 10:53.35 and 16th in the 3,000 steeplechase with a similar time with about a 1.5-second difference at 10:51.56.
“This past track season saw one record fall and our boys excel taking top places in many invites,” Marvin said about the overall season.
“The team benefited from the leadership of seniors Nick Abdo, Jared Reese, Seth Dash and Andrew Lazarus. They are going to be greatly missed next year not only on the track and in the field events, but as leaders at practice as well. Our seniors next year of Topher Elkins, Alex Francisco, Ethan Keyser and Andrew Delasandro have big shoes to fill,” Marvin said. “Underclassman Brett Russell, Austin Yetter, Will Guilmain and Masin Field are also expected to continue stepping-up as they did this past year.”
Abdo was named the team’s most valuable in track competition, Field as the most valuable in field competition and William Guilman as the most improved.