CICERO — After posting a personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles Friday, Sobaan Ayub didn’t think he had much left for the 1,600 relay, which was held not long after.
He proved himself wrong, anchoring the Saranac boys’ squad to second place in the Division II race at the New York State Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
The Chiefs were seeded sixth in the relay but moved up by clocking a time of 3 minutes, 24.09 seconds, which Ayub said was a school record. The senior did not expect his team to do quite that well.
“I had just finished the 400 hurdles; I ran a good race in that. And I didn’t feel like I had the legs for it, but I guess I did,” he said. “But my whole team, I gotta give it to them. They all did amazing.”
Dustin Durgan ran the first leg of the relay in 49.57, followed by Lance Hackett. Ayub took the handoff from Justin Liechty and turned in the fastest leg (48.94). He led the race at the start of the final straightaway before being passed by a Port Jefferson runner, and he pumped his fist once he saw where the squad finished.
“We have a real team mentality,” Ayub said. “We don’t do it for oursleves; we do it for each other guy, and we train hard together and we push each other. And it showed out here.”
Ayub was Section VII’s only double-medalist Friday. He ran a 56.56 in the 400 hurdles to place fifth in Division II. Liechty added a 10th-place showing in the 400 dash, and Hackett joined with John Maye, Hunter Church and Caiden Goodman to take 10th in the 400 relay.
Seton Catholic’s Evan Page was in the final running event of the day and made the podium with a fourth-place finish in Division II. He was 17th overall, crossing the line in 9:39.50.