Gazette Boys Track & Field Player of the Year: Nik Smith, Northampton

  • Nik Smith, of Northampton, sprints to a second place finish in the 100 meter dash during the MIAA Central/West D1 track and field Championship Saturday at Westfield State University.

  • Nik Smith, of Northampton, right, sprints to a first place finish in the 200 meter dash during the MIAA Central/West D1 track and field Championship Saturday at Westfield State University.

Published: 7/7/2016 6:05:29 PM
Nik Smith, junior, Northampton

2016 season highlights: Finished second in 200-meter dash at New England Track & Field championships, won same event at Massachusetts All-State championships and West/Central Division 1 championships. Helped Northampton set a school record in the 4x100 relay, winning at West/Central and taking second at All-States. Took second at West/Central in the 100.

Smith on the season: I think coming into the season I felt a bit of pressure. I didn’t think i was quite where I needed to be at that time. Once championships season rolled around I really settled into my form, and I started to improve at the rate I wanted to. It really was just a matter of putting in work day in day out, working on form like in every detail. I had to master my race.

Smith on settling into the season: At Western Central Mass. championships was really when I settled in. I didn’t go to Western Mass championships the week before, I was out of town. I think it was probably a pretty good break leading up to that. I was well-rested. I exploded out.

Smith on his favorite moment: My most prideful moment was 4x4 at all states because I got the baton in fourth and pulled us to second on the home stretch.

Coach Brandon Palmer on Smith: He’s a focused athlete. He sets his goals then he comes to me with them. We’ve had plenty of conversations to make those goals more realistic. In his mind he can set his sights on a world record, and we need to throttle it back and tailor him week to week. This season especially we paid a little more attention to the finer details. Him being the 200m state champ was a big deal, but him executing his race plan and his race strategies was the biggest improvement

Remaining All-Stars, Page D2

BOYS TRACK ALL STARS

FIRST TEAM

Sage Bailin, senior, Amherst

Tony Campedelli, senior, Hampshire

Jeremy Doele, senior, Northampton

John O’Connor, senior, Hampshire

Dylan Cross, senior, Hampshire

Andy Habel, senior, Frontier

Connor Hamilton, senior, Frontier

Clay Kocot, senior, Frontier

Cole Lavalle, freshman, Northampton

Marcus Peterson, senior, Northampton

Adawehi Robinson, senior, Amherst

Nik Smith, junior, Northampton

Liam Sullivan, senior, Northampton

Jericho Sylla, senior, Amherst

Joseph Tavares, senior, Amherst

Joe Werenski, sophomore, South Hadley

Owen Wright, senior, Amherst

Abeiku Yankson, junior, Belchertown

HONORABLE MENTION

Sam Daniel, senior, Northampton

Zackary Ellis, sophomore, Amherst

Liam Flynn, senior, Northampton

Aiden Foucault Etheridge, sophomore, Amherst

Marcel Gabbett, senior, Amherst

Benjamin Gordon Sniffen, freshman, Northampton

Phillip Hempstead, sophomore, Northampton

Jared Kellogg, senior, Frontier

Ethan Mislark, junior, Northampton

Evan Petrosky, junior, South Hadley

Henry Sensey, senior, Hampshire

Andre Shepard, junior, Amherst

Aiden Waldron, senior, Frontier


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