Lakeland senior Cy Babcanec had four wins (100, 200, 400, 1600 relay) to help the Chiefs beat Dunmore, 91.5-58.5, in a battle of Lackawanna Track Conference Division III unbeatens and extend their winning streak to 34 straight meets.
Then, at the East Stroudsburg Red & Black Invitational, he placed second in the 200 in 22.58 seconds and the 400 in 51.39 seconds. Nick Parisi, a senior at Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey, in both events. Parisi ran 22.02 seconds in the 200 and 50.67 seconds in the 400.
Here is more from Babcanec’s Athlete of the Week interview:
Other sports I play: Cross country. And I did football the past two (years). Was it a tough decision to give up football? Really tough. I didn’t want to let my teammates down. It was really hard to deal with. But I had to do what I thought was best for me.
Favorite teams: I’m a big Steelers fan. And I like the Pirates and the Penguins. All Pittsburgh.
Athletes I admire: Conor McGregor. I like his competitiveness and mental toughness. And I also like Tom Brady because of his dominance.
Superstitlons and rituals: I like to do a foam-rolling stretch routine while listening to music.
Favorite food: Nearra’s sweetie pie pizza.
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Will Ferrell, Rob Gronkowski, Lavar Ball
At the East Stroudsburg Invitational, going against the kid from New Jersey, were you aware of him going into the meet? I saw him in the seedings. I was really excited because he had some really fast times going for him. I knew I was going to get a really good push.
Do you feel like you are where you want or need to be at this point of the season? I definitely think my body is ready. I’ve got a PR in the 200, so my confidence is really through the roof right now. I’m just looking to make sure I stay healthy and keep doing what I’m supposed to do.
How tough has it been with the cold weather? The weather, this year especially, has been one of the toughest things that every athlete has had to go through. It’s been really hard trying to push yourself and try to get your personal bests when you know there’s wind coming at you.
Thoughts and goals for the rest of the season: I’m looking for our 4×4 relay to do really good. We’ve been down to states for the past three years, so I want to make sure we get down there again and medal like we’ve done in the past. I’m trying to make sure I get down to states in both the 400 and the 200 and seeing if I can get a medal, too.
Post-graduation plans: I’m going to attend Wagner College and run track. I like the school, and the team and coaches all seem to get along really well. There was strong team spirit. And I like being in the New York City. It’s going to be a cool experience. I’m going to study pre-health.