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A championship season for Sullivan West track; Junior Gann sets his sights on breaking every record

Ayden Gann
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By DYLAN GINTY, JEREMY NEVIN-GALES, TOM STAUCH, JESSICA BELLOTTI AND MADISON BERLINGERI
March 2, 2016

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — On Saturday, February 20, the Sullivan West Bulldogs became Division 5 champions after defeating second-ranked Tri-Valley Bears, topping off a highly successful season. The boys team defeated its rivals by a close four points. One of the most highly anticipated races of the day—the boys 1600 meter relay—featured star runners Ayden Gann, junior; Hunter Flynn, senior; Michael Mullally, sophomore; and former sprinter, Aidan Sensiba, junior. The relay team beat its competition by a wide margin to secure victory for the boys.

The Lady Bulldogs had a phenomenal performance on Saturday, destroying the Bears by 130 points. They sustained a lead from the beginning of the meet and kept it intact all the way through to the win. Regarding his team’s success, Coach Joe Seidl said, “To the girls’ credit, we have won the indoor title three years in a row. They are a very talented team, but the reason they won by so much is truly a testament to their hard work and dedication to excellence. It was a full team effort.” When asked what kind of hard work the girls put in during the track season, Seidl said, “Track is really about preparation. A successful track and field athlete is a fully conditioned athlete. Early in the season, a significant amount of time is spent on building a solid running base and core strength. In addition, countless hours of specific skill training are required for the jumps, hurdles and throwing events.”

Not only was this a successful year for the entire team, but it was a record-setting season for junior Ayden Gann. This is Gann’s fifth year running track. He joined the team in seventh grade, and says that right away he knew track would be his favorite sport. He played soccer since childhood, but this year decided to join the cross country team instead. Clearly, the switch paid off. This season alone, Gann has set the school’s mile record and the all-district record for the 1000m.

When asked what setting these records means to him, Gann said, “I view them as rewards for the hard work at practice.” He also has his sights set on additional accomplishments. “This spring I’m going to try and break every running event record from the 400 up. Right now I have the 800m, 1000m, and 1600m records.” Gann is also planning on trying the steeplechase for the first time this spring.