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Brewington, Goodell receive AGR honors

Mack Brewington says that he loves running because it helps him to relieve stress.

Brewington, a senior at Marion Junior-Senior High School, is also very good at running. Brewington won the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200-meter races at the Section V Class A3 Indoor Track Championships on March 3 and was recently named first-team All-Greater Rochester by the Democrat and Chronicle.

The AGR team consists of 20 athletes selected from every participating school in Section V, regardless of location or enrollment.

“It’s nice to be recognized, even if I go to a small school,” Brewington said.

Marion coach Bob Goodell Jr. was selected AGR Boys Co-Coach of the Year after the Black Knights won their second straight Section V indoor title.

“I have the utmost respect for all of the coaches in Section V,” Goodell said. “Just to think that you are noticed out here is really nice.”

The Black Knights were certainly difficult to ignore, winning the team title with 106 points, which was 49 more than the second-place team. Marion seniors Tyler Couperus, Liam De La Osa Cruz, Ben DeYoung, Jason Lonneville and Jonathan Lonneville all contributed to the winning effort and received AGR Honorable Mention. Meredith DeYoung, Delanez Szostek, Whitney Welch and Hayley Wurster received Honorable Mention for girls track.

“When these senior boys were younger I knew that they were a unique group,” said Goodell, who has been named AGR Coach of the Year three times in his career. “I thought to myself, ‘If they stick it out, they’re going to be good.’ And they did.”

“It was really nice to see everyone do their best the last couple of weeks (of indoor season),” Brewington added.

While Jonathan Lonneville won both the high jump and pole vault and DeYoung took the 55 hurdles at sectionals, Brewington’s dominance in the distance races was something extra special, given the physical and mental challenges competing in those three races present..

“It’s rare, but when you have a special kid and you know that he can handle it, you can pull it off,” Goodell said.

“I was super excited before and usually when I feel good in my first race my second and third races are pretty good, too,” said Brewington, who plans to attend the University at Buffalo to study biomedical engineering and continue his running career.

So, what makes Brewington special.

“He is very self-driven,” Goodell said.. “He’s got the intrinsic motivation to succeed and does not need all of the hype and all of the flair. He just goes out and does it.” 

As do many of the athletes Goodell coaches. His teams have won 16 Section V championships (10 girls indoor, 3 boys indoor, 3 girls outdoor) since he became a head coach in 2001 and are looking to compete for another championship outdoors this spring.

“I am just proud of what we have done here,” Goodell said. “We make the most of what we have.”