Mack Brewington Jr. caps high school career by winning four races at sectionals
Mack Brewington Jr. made sure his final appearance in a Marion track and field uniform was a memorable one.
Brewington won four races – the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 3,000-meter steeplechase – to earn the Sgt. Devin Snyder Award as the Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete at the Section V Class B3 championships at Caledonia-Mumford High School on June 12.
Brewington, who won nine individual and two team championships during his cross country and indoor and outdoor track career for the Black Knights, said he took a simple approach into the day.
“This is my last meet, I want to make it a good one,” Brewington said.
He certainly did that, registering 40 points for his team as the Black Knights finished in second place behind Oakfield-Alabama.
Brewington also secured his legacy in the process.
“He is the best male distance runner to ever graduate from Marion,” Black Knights coach Bob Goodell said.
Brewington’s performance was even more impressive because it occurred in a single-class meet, meaning he had less time to rest in between races.
“It’s very difficult for a distance runner to do that,” Goodell said. “Normally, you wouldn’t put a distance runner in those four races, but Mack was up for the challenge.”
Was he ever.
“Normally, I try to take it one race at a time,” said Brewington, who ran nearly 5½ miles during his four races. “If I can get through the first one, I am usually good for the next one.”
Brewington’s day started with a win in the 800 (2:05.69), followed by victories in the 1,600 (4:36.02), 3,200 (10:13.69) and steeplechase (10:17.39).
“I felt pretty good,” he recalled. “I felt like I had a great day and that I worked hard to get to that point to not only run all four, but win all four.”
Brewington, who plans to study biomedical sciences and compete in track and field at the University at Buffalo, graduates as the school record holder in the 1,600 (4:27.81), 3,200 (9:55.19), steeplechase (9:50.57) and indoor mile (4:41.27).
Other boys highlights from sectionals included:
• Ben DeYoung: First place in 110 hurdles, fourth in high jump, fifth in triple jump
• Liam De La Osa Cruz: Fourth in 800, fifth in 1,600
• Tyler Couperus: Fourth in 200
• Jason Lonneville: Fourth in steeplechase
• Jonathan Lonneville: Third in pole vault
• 1,600 relay: Jonathan Lonneville, Ethan Welch, Logan Karp and Tyler Couperus placed fourth
• 3,200 relay: Matt Hosbach, Joseph Casper, Ethan Reesor and Liam De La Osa Cruz finished fourth.
The Marion girls team placed 10th overall.
• Meredith DeYoung: Fourth in pentathlon
• Delaney Szostak: Fourth in 400
• Hayley Wurster: Third in triple jump and fourth in long jump.