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Jake Bresnihan runs to success in last year on track team

Laura Francavilla, Managing Editor

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There are some people in Massapequa High School who are notorious for their athletic accomplishments and skills. Everyone knows their names and when they graduate this year, their accomplishments will go down in MHS history.

 

One such senior athlete this school year is track runner Jake Bresnihan. “I originally picked track as a way to hang out with my friends and stay in shape, but ended up sticking with it over something else because I became pretty good and enjoyed the time with coaches and teammates,” Bresnihan said.

 

In his four years of high school track, he has been made a varsity athlete and an all state scholar athlete. He has also earned the 600m All Conference, 4×800 relay All County, All Long Island Sprint Medley Relay, All State Intersectional Relay, and the All American Distance Medley Relay titles.

 

To add onto this impressive list, Bresnihan is part of the 4×200 school broken record.

 

Bresnihan didn’t get to these titles by himself. “I like how track is never really a competition with your teammates… everybody is good at something and it all comes together to form a great team,” he said.

 

For his last year at MHS, he has high hopes to be named All Division, All County, and All Long Island again. “I also would like to win the county championship as a team. It would be the first time in over forty years Massapequa has won…” he said.

 

Bresnihan also has been accepted to Quinnipiac University and will be attending this fall. He will be enrolled in the university’s entry level physician assistant program. Quinnipiac unfortunately does not have a men’s track team. “I will not be continuing in college, but I think it’s the right move for my career and what I want to do,” he said.

 

Although he won’t be continuing with track in college, Jake will always have the memories from his experiences in track with him.

 

“My best memory [from track] is from sophomore year when I was lucky enough to go to the Penn Relays,” he said, “and the first moment I stepped out onto the track and looked up at the thousands of people around me in the stadium was incredible.”

 

When you’re with a team for so long, it can be hard to let go. “Keep working hard,” he said in regards to advice for the team members he’s leaving behind, “track is a sport where you get out whatever you put in, and if you are willing to put in the work to improve you will get to do a lot of cool things.”

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Jake Bresnihan runs to success in last year on track team