Amsterdam track and field coach Kevin Wilary said he would not be surprised if Izaiah Brown did something special this weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T University.
Brown did so a year ago there, running a 46.61 for what was then the fastest 400-meter time in Section II history.
“He knows there will be good competition. He knows what’s on the line. I’m excited to see what he can do,” said Wilary, who Wednesday confirmed the senior star’s participation in the season-ending meet. “The New York state record is not out of the question.”
Brown’s bid for records ended at last weekend’s state meet at the University at Albany with his New York State Public High School Athletic Association races. He opted out of three Federation events afterward due to hamstring tightness.
“He’s been practicing the last couple of days. I knew he was going to be fine,” Wilary said. “He couldn’t get loose after the 200, and when he says something, I’m going to listen. It was a precautionary move.”
Brown beat his all-time area best of 46.61 last Friday with a 46.40 in the NYSPHSAA 400, which he won for the third time. On Saturday he established another all-time area best with a second-place 21.10 in the NYSPHSAA 200. Both of those times were also Section II records, which can only be set at the state meet, the state meet qualifier or in a sectional championship.
“Me and coach had a meeting at first, and then we talked it over with my family,” Brown said of opting out of the Federation 200, 400 and 1,600 relay. “We decided it was the best thing to do.”
“He [Brown] wanted to run really bad,” said Amsterdam’s Edgar Maldonado, after running his team’s anchor leg in the Federation 1,600 relay. “He couldn’t go, but he was right there with us before the race. He gave us some tips.”
Brown will be looking to improve his time and place when he runs the 400 Sunday afternoon. The Rutgers-bound standout placed first in his heat and was third overall last year. The state record of 45.93 was set by Elzie Coleman of Newburgh Free in 2004.
“On the last list, I saw he was the fastest of 17 kids,” Wilary said. “With Izaiah seeded so high, it makes me feel the decision we made [not to run] was probably a good one.”
The three-day meet begins today. The Section II cast will include Collin Rowe and Alexandra Tudor of Shenendehowa, Noah Carey and Emily Burns of Guilderland, Tedi DeMaria of Bethlehem, Maryanna Lansing of Shaker, Julia Flower of Schalmont and Leah Moran of Holy Names.
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