Michael Kelly.Recorder staff
The top award winners from Saturday's Eddy Meet in Schenectady pose together. The Female Athlete of the Meet was Bay Shore's Imani McGhee, left, while Amsterdam's Izaiah Brown was the Male Athlete of the Meet.
Michael Kelly.Recorder staff
Amsterdam's Izaiah Brown competes in the long jump during Saturday's Eddy Meet in Schenectady.
By MICHAEL KELLY
SCHENECTADY — For the third consecutive year, Amsterdam High School’s Izaiah Brown reigned at the William F. Eddy Jr. Track and Field Meet.
The junior won his third Male Athlete of the Meet award in as many years at Schenectady High School’s Larry Mulvaney Field — and 2014’s performance was Brown’s best to date at the prestigious meet that draws competitors from all over the East Coast.
As an individual, Brown won the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and long jump, while he anchored the Rams’ winning entry in the 4x400-meter relay. Brown teamed with juniors Andrew Druziak and David Graveley, and sophomore Edgar Maldonado in the relay victory.
Brown was most impressive in the relay. Taking the baton in a close second place, Brown quickly moved into first place and turned in a lap of 46.40 seconds that left the crowd buzzing.
“That’s moving,” AHS head coach Kevin Wilary said of the lap, which came on the heels of Brown being clocked at 45.68 seconds earlier in the week.
Brown won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 4.25 inches; the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.84 seconds; and, the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.73 seconds.
For yet another year, though, the meet’s 400-meter dash record of 47.22 seconds eluded Brown. Again, the junior simply did not have the competition to push him in the race; Port Jefferson senior Justin Bove finished in second place with a time of 50.21 seconds.
But the fields for the 200-meter dash and relay brought out the best in Brown. Wilary said it was encouraging to see the junior respond to the competition in those events.
“He’s been working hard all year, but the problem is that this is really the first time he’s had competition,” said Wilary. “He’s always running against himself and that’s not easy.”
Brown said the sweetest win of the day came in the relay. The Rams had lost to Albany earlier this week at the Big 10 Championships — also conducted at Larry Mulvaney Field — but bested them Saturday with a time of 3 minutes, 21.84 seconds.
“We took a loss to Albany on Wednesday,” said Brown. “Coming back here to the same exact track and winning, we showed we can come back.”
Amsterdam’s relay time Saturday was the fourth-fastest time so far this season in New York.
Second-place Albany finished the race in 3 minutes, 23.72 seconds.
Brown left Saturday’s meet with a collection of trophies, medals, gear — and a paid entry into the New Balance national championships in June, which are in North Carolina.
That final prize came with winning the Male Athlete of the Meet. For all that loot, though, Brown said the best part of Saturday’s meet was getting to perform against some of the East Coast’s best athletes.
“I just enjoy the competition,” said Brown. “This meet means a lot to me because of the competition; it makes me strive to get better times.”
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