Central boys sprint to conference title
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Williams said he knew the team had a chance to win the conference this season because of the hard work everyone put in for months, whether it was running in Hendrickson Park or on the treadmill at the gym. “It was very relieving because it was something we were working for as team since the summer time,” he said of the championship, “not just myself, the sprinters, the 4x4’s, 4x2 team, everybody.”
Cesar Dieguez, Matthew Jones, Andrew Simon and Elisias won the 4x400 relay for Central. Jones, a junior, also won the 300-meter dash as the Eagles were on their way to victory.
Central had a five-point advantage over Calhoun heading into the final event, the 4x200 relay. In order to clinch the conference championship, the Eagles had to finish in the top four. Seniors Holstead-Blanco, Tylor-Wray Harvery, Devon Pascal-Seward and Davon Kearney finished second behind Elmont in the relay and sealed the win.
“It was an amazing experience,” Holstead-Blanco said of the win. “I worked hard all my life to get there and I finally accomplished my goal.” Both Holstead-Blanco and Williams qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships last weekend at Cornell University. Holstead-Blanco did not place in his event while Williams could not participate due to an injury.
The Eagles boys’ winter track team has finished last in the conference in recent years and placed seventh out of nine teams last season. Now, they’re champions.
“It was unreal, it didn’t hit me for a week,” said Blaize, a member of the team since ninth grade. “We’ve been working hard in practice and hopefully win more championships in the spring.”