Indoor track team headed to Nationals in NYC this weekend

Congratulations to members of the indoor track team, whose performance at the state qualifier last weekend will send them to the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory Track in Manhattan on from March 13-15, 2020.  You can visit the website for Nationals here.

Coach Stewart sent the following update from the qualifying meet:

On Saturday, March 7th, members of the McQuaid Jesuit track squad took their talents to Staten Island to compete against New York’s finest athletes at Ocean Breeze complex. The day was extra special as it would have been Hall of Fame Coach Bob Bradley’s 90th birthday. Coach Bradley loved all aspects of competing, but he always had a special place in his heart for relays and the middle distance. For the first time (most likely since his days of coaching) McQuaid Jesuit qualified for states in both the 4×400 and the 4×800 relays with an added bonus of Ryan Martin (’20) in the 1,000 meter race.

The Knights 4×400 meter team who qualified through their 2nd place finish and state standard time would get the day started. Paris Smiley (’22) would lead off for the knights and get into great position just of the shoulder of the top 2 teams. However, as Smiley got to the backstretch of the second lap, his hamstring would tighten up but worked hard to get to the finish and handed the baton off in 5 place just off of the 4th place guy. Carson Larry (’22) would take the baton and move up one position before handing off to Sam Perozzi (’21) who was able to keep the position stable through the course of his two laps before handing off to anchor leg Alex Rita (’21) who carried the same position across the finish line. The 4×400 would finish in the 16th spot overall with a time of 3:30.9.

Next on the track for the knights was Martin in the 1,000 meter. Martin able to slide in the fastest section of the day as the #9 seed and last seed in the heat would find himself with a slight lead after lap one. Martin would slip back a few places during lap 2 and 3 into fourth place. However, Martin would wake up entering the 4th lap and began to claw his way towards the top. Coming off the final turn, Martin was coming in hot with a slew of runners fighting for position. As he broke the tape in a crowded field he would claim the runner-up spot and a 5 second personal best in a time of 2:30.2. His time now puts ranks him 7th on the all-time section V list.

Hours later the knights would take to the track in the 4×800. Coming in as the 12th seed, the knights would be racing out of the slower section. The knights came in with a best time of 8:15, but new their was more in the tank. Josh O’Brien (’20) would lead off for the knights and held steady in the 3rd position before handing off to Connor Kerr (’21) would would ride the 3rd place position before handing of to Joe Scherer (’21) who would continue to hold down the fort in the 3rd place position before handing off to Martin for the anchor leg position. Martin would get to work quickly as he closed the gap slightly. With two laps to go Martin would put in a hard charge to the lead coming off of the second turn. The anchors of Susan Wagner and Shaker would keep on Martins heels until the last few meters as Martin put in a last second burst to break the tape. The knights would watch the fast heat and able to hold on for a 6th place finish for federation and 5th overall. With a time of 8:05, the time was fast enough to advance the squad to the National Championship meet at the Armory track in Manhattan this Friday. Martin also qualified for the 800 meter race based on his time in the 1,000.