When Briarcliff senior Stephen Shine was a freshman going into the spring sports season, he was at a crossroads.
This week’s Con Ed Athlete of the Week was about to go out for lacrosse, but a shoulder injury detered him and he found a new sport, track and field.
“Without a doubt, I had a rather unusual entrance into the sport of track and field,” Shine said. “Prior to running, I swam competitively from the early age of seven (on the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester Marlins) and played lacrosse from the time I was in sixth grade.”
When Shine started running, he did it to stay in shape for his other sports. He never expected to take to the sport the way he did.
“I have fallen in love with the sport and everything about it,” Shine said. “I love the way that a good, long run can clear my head and put me in a good mood no matter how stressed I am or how bad a mood I’m in. I love how in this sport hard work translates into results.”
Shine has gone on to have an incredible indoor season that includes winning both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Westchester County Championship.
He ran a personal-best time of 4:17.29 in the mile at the New Balance Games to qualify for Saturday’s Millrose Games. His time was the fifth fastest all-time for a Westchester County indoor runner and broke a school record that stood for 30 years.
“It feels great to leave a lasting mark on the Briarcliff record board,” said Shine, who now owns 12 school records. “Almost a legacy of sorts; a legacy that I hope to add to.”
Shine also had a successful cross country season with all-league, all-county, and all-section honors. He finished second in Class C at the state championships.
Next year, he’ll be taking his talents and 93 grade-point average to Duke University. He’s undecided on his major but he’s leaning toward either History, English, or Macroeconomics.
“I’m considering studying economics,” Shine said. “I find the Macroeconomics class that I’m taking this year to be fascinating in the way that it relates to the real world.”
Shine still keeps connected to swimming. He volunteered as a swim instructor and coach for the Briarcliff Manor Swim and Dive team for adults and youths.
Through the National Honor Society, Shine helped out on a blood drive. He and his track teammates also raised money for “Make a Wish” and Rockefeller State Park.