Justin Alleyne served as a reserve shooting guard/small forward for the New Rochelle varsity basketball team last winter, but he didn’t see a lot of minutes. Now he’s even more conscious of his time.
Alleyne is running against the clock these days, having left basketball for track. The senior is off to a good start in his first winter season, now 2 for 2. He ran 1 minute, 22.86 seconds to claim the 600 meters in the longtime Bronxville girls coach’s meet, the Jim Mitchell Invitational, Friday at the Armory, following up on his victory there in the 1,000 at last Sunday’s Section 1 Kickoff meet.
“In the spring, I wanted to run track so I could get faster for basketball, but I ended up being really good,” Alleyne said. “So I spoke to my mom, my dad, a lot of people in my family. We decided it would be right if I stayed with track.”
After running cross country this fall — which he said “helped a ton” — he plans to chase a berth in the state meet in the 600. Coach Joe Intervallo said: “He’s going to be good.”
“Hopefully,” Alleyne said, “a lot of the races here now in the winter season will help me get a lot of looks from higher D-I schools.”
The New Rochelle girls were minus two injured stars. Johari Privott-Yeiser, the senior pole vaulter/triple jumper/hurdler, hurt her hip in training last month. Coach Andy Capellan is hoping to have her back early next month. And junior Ashley Wiggins suffered a deep bone bruise to a lower leg in a warm-up collision prior to her 55-hurdles win in that Kickoff meet.
But senior Briyah Brown was in attendance for the Huguenots. The reigning outdoor Federation champ in the shot put knew she hadn’t performed her best in her Kickoff victory, throwing 38 feet, 91/2 inches. This was better. She won with 42-13/4. She hopes to be in the 45-46 range by the end of the indoor season.
“I feel a little bit more pressure and a lot of high expectations from people,” Brown said. “But I will prove myself.”
The advice of her throws coach paid off this time.
“I just told her, ‘Don’t watch it,’ because she’s so concerned about where it’s landing and not focused on staying in,” said Natalia Brown, who’s no relation.
“She works really hard. In the weight room, she’s a beast. That’s where the power comes from.”
Teammate Nijera Manuel finished second. New Rochelle also won the girls 800 relay. Ursuline’s Liz Dougherty placed second in the 1,000. Francisco Wilson-King, running for the combined Yonkers team, was the runner-up in the 55 hurdles.