Thank you to Coach Stewart for the detailed recap from the New Balance Indoor National Championships held this past weekend.
From Coach Stewart:
Abel Hagos, ’19 would be the first McQuaid Jesuit runner to step to the track at the New Balance Indoor National Championships for the 5000 meter championship race. With many of the top talents in the nation toeing the line, Abel was excited about the challenge. Despite getting bounced around early and coming through the first 400 meters in last place, Abel had a solid grip on his pace as some of the early risers gave way to the demanding pace and came back to him. In a fast heat of 15 runners, Abel would bide his time and move up gradually towards the later half of the first mile. He finished his first mile in 4:48. Getting into the second mile, Abel would make some more moves though the majority of the pack; he would come through the two-mile mark at 9:38. His 3rd and final mile would come down to running with a small pack of three runners, as the gap grew larger from the leaders. With four laps to go, the pace was starting to catch up with Abel as he would begin fading slightly, as was the majority of the field. He would come through the three-mile mark at 14:39. On the bell lap, he would muster up a very strong finish and kicked it in. In a span of 32 seconds over the final 200 meters, Abel passed four runners along the way to end up 7th in his heat with a time of 15:12.50. His time would be 9th overall on the day, as two runners from a previous heat had faster times. Abel’s 9th place finish out of 30 runners left him just three places shy of All-American status. However, his time was fast enough to re-write a couple of record books, both the school record previously held by Donny Glavin in 15:24.9, and the Section V record once held by Penfield’s Greg Redfield in 15:19. Congratulations to Abel on a hard fought battle.
The youthful 4×400 team consisting of Andrew Passero, ’20, Sam Perozzi, ’21, Christopher Ryder, ’19, and Casey Howlett, ’20, would get the Knights back on track. This would be the fourth time McQuaid Jesuit would race this event in the past six years. Andrew Passero (51.7) would make quick work out of the gate, and assume the lead on the back stretch of his second lap. He continued to open up the gap by roughly five meters. Andrew would then hand the baton off to Sam Perozzi (52.1), who would be caught by the 2nd turn and would lock into a see-saw battle between the new leader and the other three teams in their heat. Perozzi would finish strong with a great kick to pull dead even in the runner-up position. Lone senior Chris Ryder (52.3) would parade the last 400 meters of his outstanding career giving great chase to the leader and handing off the baton in sole possession of 2nd place to Casey Howlett (52.3). Casey would would anchor the Knights home in the 3rd place position with a time of 3:28.69. They finished 13th out of 30 teams in the Emerging Elite division. Their best mark of the year came a week before at the NYS championships, with a time of 3:26.3. Congratulations to all.