To run the NYCAL and the NYSAIS championship, each individual "athlete" must compete in three regular season meets. Also, in order to compete in a given event at the championships, a competitor must achieve a minimum time standard in the event during the course of the current season. A team is allowed to enter three athletes in an individual event and one in a relay. An individual is permitted to compete in any four events. It is quite challenging to qualify for any events; through the years, this league has tremendously increased the standards.
Despite all the obstacles and after the superb victories of the varsity tennis and baseball teams in their respective league, our track runners had to try to do as well as their peers. Despite the pressure on their shoulders, they met all expectation and won the 2017 NYCAL Track champs with style and plenty of grit at River Banks stadium!
It is an excellent result indeed, and we all can be very proud of the boys. Browning won the 4X800 and placed second in the 4x100 and the 4X400. A quartet of boys ran the 4X400 with poise and courage. We secured the second place again in the 4x100, raking in eight more points in the general classification. Our captain, who has been impeccable during his entire track and cross country career at Browning, won the 400 dash and placed third in the long jump. A senior won the shot put event. Finally, a promising freshman athlete won the 3200 followed by a senior. Another senior finished the work by winning the 1600. A great afternoon indeed!
As a coach, I am very pleased to see that, years after years, the boys at Browning have totally adhered to the project to create competitive track and cross country teams. In all those years as a coach, I have seen mediocre to excellent track seasons, but two things have never changed: the great spirit demonstrated by the boys and the pleasure I get from being with them every day in Central Park.
The Browning track team will clinch the season with the NYSAIS Track Championship on May 24. And it will really be a whole new ball game up there...