Athletes compete at the Queens PSAL Track and
Field finals at Bayside High School on May 12.
BY ROBERT ELKIN
Townsend Harris High School excelled in track and field last week, and captured the team title in the Public Schools Athletic League Borough Championships at Bayside High School on May 12.
In a field of 18 schools, the Flushing-based team scored well across the board, accumulating 118 points to Bayside’s second place total of 94 in a field of 18 schools.
The winning team was led by Abdoulaye Diallo, who finished second in the 400-meter run and first place showing in the 800 meters with times of 49.10 and 2:00.80, respectively as well as an outstanding double triumph by Syed Rahman with a heave of 129’ 10” in the discus throw, and 136’04” in the in the javelin and a second place showing in the pentathlon with 2616 points.
“We had some fast times during a good meet,” said Garrett Lynch, in his fourth season as a director for the PSAL in track and field. “We had a very competitive meet (in most of the events) and had exciting performances.”
For instance, in the 400-meter run, four athletes went under 50 seconds.
Denzel Villaman of Franklin K. Lane High School captured the 400 meter dash in 48.60, Diallo wound up finishing second in 49.10 just edging Elliott Everett (49:20 for third place), followed Matt Campbell of Campus Magnet, who was clocked in at 49.40.
Springfield Gardens collected 63 points, good for third place, right behind Bayside High School. Forest Hills High School amassed 60 points.
Villaman’s performance in the 400 meters was just outstanding. He had to catch up to the leader and took the lead on the last turn.
He also took the 400 meter hurdles in 56.50 just defeating Chris Parris of Martin Van Buren High School and earned 20 points for Lane.
Some of the runners are two sport athletes, playing football or soccer in the fall, and switching to track and field during the winter and spring. Take Villaman at Lane.
“I ran cross country last fall, but I’m switching to football this fall,” he said.
“Football will be something new for me and I’m breaking into it as a receiver. Today [in the borough meet] I ran a slow time.”
Now the student athletes who qualified are getting ready for the Citywide PSAL championships to be contested for Ichan Stadium on Randalls Island later this month.