The Indoor Season has begun to heat up, as January is typically the point in the Season where big performances start to emerge. The weekend lived up to the hype, and there was plenty to talk about. Here are the 7 biggest stories of the weekend.
1. It's the second fastest mile ever produced by a member of the PSAL. Joseph Perazzo (Susan Wagner) took third overall at the Hispanic Games, nabbing 4:14.07 for the final time. The mark rests just outside the Top 25 performances ever run, but ranks only second behind the PSAL Record set by Bill Dabney in 1973.
2. Running under a new team in 2022, OJ Singletary (UPrep) hasn't slowed down. He dropped a State Leading time in the 300m to win the massive Ocean Breeze Freedom Games. This makes him only 1 of 2 athletes to dip under 35-seconds so far this year, with his 34.75.
3. The race for Sub-8 is heating up, as Monroe-Woodbury took four seconds off the previous State Leading time by Saint Anthony's. Those two teams have been battling since XC Season, but it's Woodbury's 8:02.70 that has the edge at the moment.
4. Already the State Leader in the Hurdles, Bashir Praileau (Albany Academy) added another event to his leaderboard. Jumping over in Massachusetts, Praileu launched out to 22-7.75 to capture that new leading position.
5. One athlete is knocking on the door of three separate All-Time lists, and it's a sprinter. Jaylin Santiago (Fordham Prep) put in a State Leading time of 48.70 to win the Hispanic Games. He came back with a 22.32 in the 200m, matching his 35.14 effort in the 300m prior. All three marks are with half a second of making the Top 25 All-Time.
6. Hunter College HS is having a breakout year, with some good marks in XC, and increasingly good marks on the track. They currently have two athletes within the Top 10 in the State for 3200m, something no other PSAL team has done in recent memory. Over the weekend, it was Shane Murphy with the NY #2 mark of 9:22.90 to set the standard. There's no doubt why they're also NY #3 in the 4x800 to boot.
7. While it may not have been Dustin Swartwood's (Auburn) best throw of the season, it was still two feet further than anyone else has thrown this year. Swartwood threw the weight 65-3.5, and then came back with a 50-11.75 in the Shot Put for good measure.