Pictured: Senior Dominick Pataky has to be carried off the track after collapsing, making it a dramatic finish in the 4x800 relay. (Photo by Kyle Quick)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - New Haven’s 4x800 relay team’s (Nathan Ford, Jonathon Stone, Keven McDowell, and Dominick Pataky) third place finish ended in dramatic fashion.
Pataky, lone senior on the 4x800 meter relay team and their anchor ran his last race as a Shamrock, pushing his body to the extreme limits, causing his legs to give way as fell across the finish line.
As Pataky approached the finish line, blue in the lips, his legs gave out and collapsed to the ground; unable to stand he had to be carried off the track while his teammates anxiously waited to embrace the moment together.
“I was trying to not pass out before the finish line. The only thing I could think about was to keep one foot in front of the other” said, Pataky.
Coach John Tucker said, “All we ask for, is if you can walk away knowing you did the best you could, as a coach you can’t ask for anything more…. When he [Dominick] came up to me after the race he said I didn’t have anything left. I said you did the best you could and you left everything you had on the track.”
New Haven did run their best on Saturday, running their fastest time of the season (8:31.05) and an All-State 3rd place finish was particularly special for Pataky and the two juniors Jonathon Stone and Keven McDowell. These three have been running the 4x800 together for the past three years and to finish All-State had been their goal all season long.
Afterwards Stone summed it up the best, “I wouldn’t have wanted to run with any other three guys in the world and for all of us to stand on the podium together was amazing and something I will never forget.”
Junior Kevin McDowell said, “There is no better feeling than knowing you competed as hard as you could and left everything on the track… I could not have asked to be on a relay team with three better guys.”
Pictured left: Stone hands it off to McDowell for the third leg of the relay. (Photo by Kate Weiser)
Expect New Haven’s 4x800 relay team to be just as good next year, especially having both McDowell and Stone returning along with the freshmen Nathan Ford.
Ford has an extreme amount of potential to develop into a great track athlete and do not be surprised if over the course of his next three years to find Ford standing at the very top of the podium.
Congratulations to all four members of the 4x800 and as Stone said, “Out of all the teams in the entire state, there are only two teams that ran a faster time. How amazing is that.”
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Pictured: Nathan Ford hands it off to Jonathan Stone. (Photo by Kate Weiser)