STATEN ISLAND – Two Springville-Griffith Institute runners represented the Griffins at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island March 3.
Corrin Sacilowski just missed the bronze medal with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meter racewalk, while Nick Abdo broke his own school record – that he set in February – in an 18th-place finish in the 600 meter dash.
Sacilowski’s fourth-place time in the racewalk came at a 7:11.99 time and was 68 hundredths of a second away from third place. Margaret Atwood of Sachem East High School took first with a 6:49.09 time.
Abdo knocked 34 hundredths of a second off his 600 meter school record to finish with a new school record time of 1:24.26, in his last high school indoor track performance. Jaquil Baxter of Edison Tech High School won the event with a time of 1:20.52.
“These were very solid performances from both competitors,” coach Chad Russell said.
“[Sacilowski’s] ... plans to race at Nationals next weekend, while [Abdo] raced his best time on the banked track at Ocean Breeze,” Russell said. “[He] ran a very strong, fast race. His plan went flawlessly and was uninhibited by other runners. He was smart and did not get boxed in among the talented field that he was racing against.”
The banked track reference refers to lifted turns that allow the runners to feel less effect of sharp turns. Sacilowski will be Springville’s final competitor for the indoor track season at the Indoor Track Nationals at the Armory Track in Manhattan March 9-11.