ALBANY, N.Y. – Some high school sprinters in the 400-meter dash use starting blocks.
Rush-Henrietta sophomore Sammy Watson, Section V’s record-holder for the girls one-lap race, is among those who choose not to.
“Last week at the state qualifier I tried using blocks,” she said. “I wasn’t happy with the time (55.16 seconds), I was hoping for 53. I decided to stick with what I knew.”
Blocks or no blocks, it was unlikely that any other 400 sprinter at the state high school track and field championships would block Watson from a first-place finish.
“It’s exciting,” Watson said. “I take every race like anything can happen. I can get too comfortable and someone can come out of nowhere (to win instead).
“My coach and my mother say I should have fun with it, but be competitive. I am having fun. I like the 400.”
A first-time outdoor state champion, she also lowered the Section V record she reset last month during sectionals.