Times Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year Henry Seabrook capped off yet another championship season with Century and was a vital asset to the Knights’ county, regional, and state success.
Henry Seabrook was hungry.
The repeat Times Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year capped off yet another championship season with Century and was a vital asset to the Knights' county, regional, and state success.
Seabrook captured second-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the county meet and followed up with gold medals at the Class 2A West meet in the same events. The Knights won their fifth straight outdoor county title and seventh consecutive regional crown this year.
Century returned to Morgan State University for the 2A state meet with hopes to add another team championship. The Knights were looking at a potential second-place finish to Westlake at states and needed to place second or first in the 4x100 relay in order to have a shot.
"We had a chance to win states so I didn't want to slack off and just not perform as well as I could at states for my teammates," Seabrook said. "I think that's the biggest difference, training harder, recovering better, the usual."
Seabrook ran the anchor leg on the Knights' 4x100 relay that did not lose a race all season. The Knights captured county, regional and state titles in the 4x100 and they set a new record of 42.91 seconds when Seabrook crossed the finish line first at states. Senior Bryce Harrell filled in for Tavian Montgomery at the last minute when the sophomore suffered an injury prior to the race, but the change did not alter the team's performance.
"Our concern wasn't really losing Tavian as an asset, it was more of a concern for his health," Seabrook said. "We knew Bryce was one of the fastest kids on the team who could run a 100 faster than anyone so we all wanted to win the gold for Tavian. We came out and performed like we were supposed to."
Century prevailed with 65.5 points to Westlake's 63 and claimed the program's third state title, all since 2013.
"When you have three of the fastest legs in the state, your main hope is getting the hand-off because I'm confident in my teammates that they can get me in position where we can win, even if it's tied," Seabrook said. "When I get the hand-off or if we're in front, I know I can hold out or catch whoever is there and I'm proud with the 3-4 boys we have with those hand-offs."
Stephen Shinholt, Jalen Stanton, Montgomery, and Seabrook ran 43.46 at the Gator Track and Field Invitational on April 29, surpassing Century's 4x100 relay record at the 2004 region meet (43.74).
Century co-coach Dyron Johnson ran on that relay 13 years ago, and when the current group beat their own record at the state meet, Johnson said that if anyone was going to snap previous records, he would prefer it be kids he coached.
It's a part of the legacy that's been built at Century over the years, and Seabrook showed no signs of faltering this time around.
"We like to have fun at practices," Johnson said. "He's the first one to step up to run a workout when we have something taking our attention. He makes sure people are pushing themselves and he wants kids to work as hard as he is."
A few weeks ago Seabrook challenged Julian Woods, a former Knights sprinter and hurdler, to a 100-yard race on Century's track. Woods, who most recently closed out a successful track and field career at Mount St. Mary's, defeated Seabrook in front of a small crowd of friends and teammates.
The two were all smiles when they crossed the finish line, embracing the chance to engage in friendly competition with one another.
"He just wants to be the best in everything he does — workouts, races, everything," Johnson said. "They raced at a play day four years ago and Henry won that one. He was always talking about breaking all of Julian's records and when Julian comes around, he always messed with him."
Seabrook prefers to remain humble and plans to continue his academic and athletic career at Mount St. Mary's this fall.
"I'm proud of myself but I'm more proud of my teammates because we had the same situation last year with injuries," Seabrook said. "This year we were really able to pull together as a team to win."