Andrew O’Donnell, a Greenwich High School senior, continued his outstanding spring track and field season with a sensational performance at the prestigious Glen Loucks Games at White Plains (N.Y.) High School this past Saturday – an effort in which he once again, topped the competition.
O’Donnell won the 400-meter run at the Glen Loucks Games with a personal-record time of 47.40 seconds. His time in the race marked the fastest time in the FCIAC and was the best time in the event in the state of Connecticut and was also the No. 1 time in the Northeast in this season. The 400-meter Open event included nine heats and 66 runners from several states.
Wesley Noble Jr. representing Bishop Loughlin Memorial in New York placed second in the 400-meter run at the Loucks Games with a time of 47.59, followed by Samson Joseph of Suffern (N.Y.) High School (48.99). Sophomore Jonathan York from Hall High School in Connecticut finished fourth (49.22), followed by teammate Samuel Sandler, a junior (49.43).
Greenwich junior Gianluca Bianchi finished 10th in the 400-meter event, registering a time of 49.78.
“I had really good competition which I was really thankful for,” O’Donnell said of competing in the 400 at the Loucks Games. “There were a lot of guys entered in the race outside of Connecticut and the weather was really good.”
O’Donnell crossed the finish line first on the strength of a super-fast finish to the race.
“As I was coming out of the final turn in the final 100 I was in third place and I powered through the last 100,” O’Donnell said. “With about 10 meters left I took first and closed out. The weather was really nice, but more so, the competition in the race was really helpful.”
“It was awesome, I wasn’t sure I was going to win, I was seeded second so I wasn’t favored to win it,” he continued. “I felt really strong in the last 100. As soon as I crossed the finish line it was a relief and it felt really good. Competing at the Loucks Games was cool. I got to see the other events going on. For the 400, there were nine heats, so I got to watch a lot of people compete.”
Also at the Loucks Games, Greenwich’s 4×400-meter relay won the race and qualified for the Nationals by posting a winning time of 3:21.42. Washingtonville (N.Y.) finished second with a time of 3:22.89 and Mount Vernon (N.Y.) was third (3:25.12).
The Cardinals’ 4×400 relay was comprised of sophomore Harrison Goldenberg, who ran the first leg, Bianchi, senior ZJ Jelinek and O’Donnell.
“The season has been great for our team,” said O’Donnell, who will compete at the University of Pennsylvania next season. “It’s also been really good to see my teammates improve so much and our new athletes and young guys step up.”