Floyd’s Nigel Green could not have asked for a better start to his indoor track season. Green, a senior, won both the 55 meters (6.70 seconds) and the 300 (36.33) at a Suffolk boys crossover meet at Suffolk CCC-Brentwood Wednesday night.
Wins are always great, but Green still wasn’t happy.
“I’m not too impressed,” Green said. “[In the 55], I got a little push from the blocks, but it wasn’t the time I was looking for. It’s a little too average. I really need to get in that advanced area — that 6.2 or 6.3 range. It’s going to take a lot of work, but I’m ready to continue and keep moving forward.”
In track and field, an athlete’s satisfaction often has less to do with the result and more to do with how that result fits in with a larger vision. For Green, that vision includes a run at the top. And that top includes Huntington’s Kyree Johnson and Lawrence Leake, two of the best sprinters on Long Island and, most likely, Green’s chief competition at the county championships and beyond.
“They’ve been great athletes since I’ve been in this game,” Green said. “But I think it’s my time to take over Suffolk County track and field.”
Green’s 300 victory came only a few minutes after his 55 win, not allowing him any time to recuperate after his first final of the season. But the lack of rest did not seem to affect Green at all, with the sprinter blasting past the competition early and never allowing another challenger to enter the fray.
“It’s no big deal,” Green said of the lack of rest between races. “That’s how the game works . . . I wanted to make sure I caught the stagger early and have my opponents behind me as quick as possible.”
Green’s quest to lower his times in both events will begin immediately. There is no rest for the unsatisfied.
“It’s going to be a lot of special endurance work,” he said. “We’re going to get the last 100 meters [in the 300] a little bit better and work on the sprint mechanics and the acceleration development. We’re going to put all those components together and come out with a blistering time at the end of the season.”
Elsewhere, Miller Place’s Tom Schott won the 600 in 1:25.59. Schott’s performance was an impressive one for a runner who spent the summer and fall running long distance as part of the Panthers’ cross country team.
“I’m still getting back in shape,” Schott, who ran to a top 15 finish at the Suffolk Division Cross Country championship in October, said. “Dropping down from 5,000 meters to 600 meters isn’t the easiest thing. I think I did all right today, but I hope I do better this season. I was definitely really tired. I wasn’t used to it.”
Schott’s fatigue wasn’t evident to those who watched the race, as he blazed through the final lap at top speed.
“I knew that, once the last lap came, if I didn’t go, then it wouldn’t be good,” he said.