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On This Day In History | 2002

November 9, 2010

Hickey in 18th place and looking for more

On a cool day at Sunken Meadow State Park, All-County runner Dan Hickey raced to an 11th place finish at the New York State Meet, the highest finish for a Brooker since Andy Hoffman’s 7th place finish in 1984.  Coach Robin Lingle’s strategy for Hickey, and fellow Bear qualifiers Tripp Strawbridge and Joseph Chang, was to settle into the middle of the pack and then gradually move up as the race wore on, a strategy that worked to perfection.  After 3/4 of a mile Hickey was in 30th place as the runners ascended Snake Hill, then moved up 4 spots as the pack braced for the infamous Cardiac Hill.  The Section XI runners, who were well acquainted with the dubious acclivity, cruised past their competitors from other sections, many of whom were walking up the grueling slope.  Hickey picked up 6 spots on Cardiac, then 2 more on the descent, including his Port Jefferson rival, John Fleckenstein, who had defeated him a week earlier in the County Championship.  In 18th place with 1/2 mile to go, Hickey found another gear as Coach Lingle screamed out his placement and kicked past 7 runners to finish in a career best 17:40.3, the fastest time at Sunken Meadow since Christian Pidoux’s 17:00 in 1990.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeremy Donovan permalink
    November 9, 2010 12:07 AM

    What? You couldn’t get an interview?


  2. Mom permalink
    November 9, 2010 10:36 AM

    I remember the race and the finish well and will never forget the rush of pride I felt for you.


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