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Track and Field Athlete Earns Once in a Generation Award
Massapequa High School senior Nick B.’s accomplishments in track and field were so extraordinary that he received an award that hasn’t been given out in 30 years. He was recently presented with the Special Achievement Award from the Nassau Track & Field and Cross Country Officials Association.
The award recognized Nick for his accomplishments both on the track and in the field, as well as for the qualities of scholarship, leadership and sportsmanship. He was unaware he was even nominated for the award until the plaque was delivered to his home.
Nick first joined track when he was a student at Berner Middle School, primarily participating in hurdle races. Joining the varsity squad in ninth grade was the beginning of a dominating high school track and field career that including two All-State, eight All-Long Island, seven All-County and seven All-Conference selections. He will graduate holding eight Massapequa school records the Nassau County pole vault record at 15 feet, 1 inch.
In his sophomore year, Nick added pole vaulting to his repertoire and spent the summer prior to junior year traveling to New Jersey to train with specialized coaches. He dedicated himself to mastering the sport and also saw it as a way to build arm and core strength. He continued to participate in other track and field events including javelin, high hurdles, decathlon and pentathlon.
It was in the decathlon, a mix of 10 events, that he placed 10th in the country last year at the national competition in North Carolina. He entered the most recent winter track season ranked seventh in the nation in the pentathlon, which is five track and field events, but the national competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other accolades include ranking fifth all time in New York State in the decathlon with 6,100 points and receiving the Nassau Track and Field Officials 2020 athlete of the year and USATF Long Island Junior Field Event 2019 athlete of the year awards.
He was a multisport athlete at Massapequa High School, including being a member of the 2019 Nassau County champion boys volleyball team. During his sophomore year, Nick played on the junior varsity basketball team.
Nick will go from the Chiefs to the Buffaloes as he will join the track and field team this fall at the University of Colorado Boulder. He said one of the reasons he chose the school is because six of the seven coaches are former Olympians in their respective events.
“I want to learn from the best of the best, and get to be the best that I can be,” he said. “Getting an offer from a college was rewarding knowing that my hard work paid off.”