June 3, 2014 | 884 views
Baldwin track finishing strong
Baldwin’s boys’ track and field team put together a solid regular season, winning eight of its 12 meets and finishing sixth in the division meet, then placing third at the Nassau County Class AA Championship meet on May 20-21 at Westbury High School.
The road to the strong finish was paved by several individuals who turned in performances last week at Roosevelt that qualified them for the upcoming New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) Championships this Friday and Saturday in Syracuse.
“We had a good bounce back [at the county’s],” coach Rich Carroll said of his team, which won last season’s championship and followed up by posting a strong showing this May with a number of new faces in the lineup. “We had people in good spots accumulating points on the first day.”
Chief among the point-scorers was senior Pascal Bastien, who totaled 28 of the team’s 57 points on his own. He won individual titles in the long jump — with a leap of 22 feet, 3 inches — and triple jump (45 feet, 5.5 inches) and also took fifth place in the 100m run (11.14 seconds). For Bastien, it was an exclamation point in a season full of them. At the North Shore Invitational on May 10, he broke the meet records and set personal bests in both the long jump (23 feet, 3 inches) and triple jump (45 feet, 11 inches). His long jump also broke Baldwin’s school record in the event. “He was set up really well [for success],” Carroll said, “because he focused more on jumping and only ran the 4x400m relay at two invitationals. That gave other kids an opportunity to be [in the relay].”