NEW YORK STATE BOYS TRACK & FIELD: WAVERLY'S WRIGHT HANDLES TOUGH DAY WITH DIGNITY (5 PHOTOS) (2019-06-08)
BY TIM TAYLOR
Valley Sports Report
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — Waverly’s Collin Wright didn’t have his best day at the NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championships Saturday, but he dealt with a less-than-spectacular performance in the 3,000 steeplechase with class and dignity.
Wright finished 12th in D-2, posting a time of 10:10.24. He was well off his seed time of 9:53.71, but he accepted the result with class and dignity.
“I think heat can affect anybody, but heat is just another factor that we have to get over,” he said. “As runners, you can’t make excuse that temperatures change or anything like that. I won’t use that at all to describe my performance or try to say it helped or hurt me in anyway.”
Wright was not satisfied with his effort, regardless of the fact he made it this far.
“I definitely wasn’t happy with it. I was looking for a lower PR-type time,” he said. “I just came to run today and that’s all I had.”
Wright said he will use this as incentive for 2020.
“Again, I’m disappointed in myself that I couldn’t bring out the time I wanted today, but my teammates, coaches, parents were all awesome, cheering me on. I’m going to use this as motivation to springboard myself into next year.”
The key here? Next year.
PHOTO 1 COURTESY OF CHELA BUBNIAK. PHOTOS 2-5 BY TIM TAYLOR.