Josiah Brown of Holy Trinity, center, stands atop the podium...

Josiah Brown of Holy Trinity, center, stands atop the podium after winning the boys 200 meter dash in the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA track and field championships at St. Anthony's High School on Saturday, May 21, 2022. He won the event with a time of 22.42. Credit: James Escher

On the warmest day of the season, Josiah Brown didn’t notice the temperature at all. It was hard not to though — with thermometers hovering around 90 degrees — but the Holy Trinity sophomore had other things on his mind.

“I’m so locked in mentally, that heat doesn’t really bother me,” said Brown, as the sun beat down relentlessly on the St. Anthony’s High School track Saturday.

But, Brown proved that he was more concerned with low times than high temperatures, winning the 100 meters in 10.83 seconds and the 200 in 22.42 seconds at the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA track and field Championships. Brown was also on the winning 4x100 relay who, along with Kameron Robbins, Julien Crandall, and Myles Small, won in 43.28 seconds.

Brown’s 100 time is the second-fastest in the state this season, according to milesplit.com.

“I feel like I got out good and held my drive phase and my acceleration phase, so it was a good race,” Brown said.

Brown said that he thought he executed his race plan a little better than normal, leading to the personal best.

“I was more relaxed and just tried to get through my phases,” he said.

Small, who finished second in the 100 in 10.95 seconds and won the 400 in 48.78, was named Track MVP of the meet. 

St. Anthony’s won the team championship with 142 points, their 14th straight outdoor league title, coach Tim Dearie said. Jack Ward won the 800 in 1:56.86. Ward also wasn’t bothered by the heat.

“I didn’t let it affect me,” Ward said. “We’re here to show off that we can race in 34 degree or 100 degree weather. It’s just how you react mentally. If you’re tough up in the head, you can run a fantastic race.”

Still, conditions being what they were, Ward knew that he had to prepare accordingly.

“Coming into this race, knowing this weekend would be a hot one, I hydrated a bit more,” Ward said. “I got in more fluids this morning and took it like it was any other day.”

Ward spent virtually the whole race leading the pack, finally winning by over two seconds.

“I ran a very aggressive race, like I like to,” Ward said. “I went to the front immediately, went through the 400 comfortable and, through the next 300, I gradually picked it up.”

Ward said he wasn’t happy with the way he was running early in the season, but has become more confident in the last few weeks. He ran the 800 in 1:55.24 at the Loucks Games last weekend, his best time of the season. That time, with Saturday’s victory added to it, has the junior firing on all cylinders with the prestigious CHSAA Intersectional Championships just a week away. 

“These last few weeks have been a big step mentally,” Ward said. “I’m getting back to the way that I like racing and I’m comfortable with … Earlier in the year, I was just going in the race to sit behind [the leaders] and get dragged through. But, lately, all the pieces have been coming together and I’ve been racing like I want to.”
In the field, Ward’s teammate, Jordan Spencer won the triple jump, flying 43 feet, 10 inches and the long jump (22-0).

After running in the 4x100 meter relay trials, Spencer sprinted to the triple jump and had to refocus quickly.

“I started slowing down my phases, got in the right head space, and was ready to carry speed through all three of my phases,” Spencer said of the triple jump win.

Nicholas Lourenco, a St. Anthony’s senior, cleared 16 feet, six inches to win the pole vault and was named Field MVP of the meet. Lourenco, who attempted 17 feet, matched his best clear of the season, which is still tops in the state, according to milesplit.com. 

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