Shattering the record books

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NHS’s fastest sprinter, Zack Race

NORWICH – The prototype athlete is usually what college and pro-level coaches talk about.

However, student-athletes in the high school realm can also be that prototype, and not even know it yet.

Enter sprinting phenom, Zack Race.

Rewind to two years ago and ‘Racer’, as they call him, had never even stepped on a track to compete.

Race, now just a junior in high school already is the outright owner of nine Norwich High School Track and Field sprinting records.



Race is closing in on the end of just his second year of competing in varsity Track and Field, and now owns the following records:

• NHS school record in the 100m dash at 10.7 hand held and 10.93 FAT

• NHS school record in the 200m dash at 21.83 FAT

• NHS school record in the 4x100m relay at 43.83 FAT

• REK record in the 100m dash at 11.03 FAT

• REK record in the 200m dash at 22.42 FAT

• REK record in the 4x100m relay at 44.39 FAT

• Ulrich Facility record in the 100m dash at 10.8 hand held and 11.03 FAT

• Ulrich Facility record in the 200m dash at 21.9 hand held

• Ulrich Facility record in the 4x100m relay at 44.39 FAT

Let’s all soak that in for a second.

A junior, who has only one full season of running varsity Track and Field under his belt, currently holds all of the major sprinting records at NHS.

No slight to some f Norwich’s iconic sprinters in Barry Benjamin and Jason Morris, but it is without a doubt safe to say that Zack Race is the fastest sprinter that Norwich has ever had the pleasure in watching.

“It’s still so surreal remembering when I first saw that article in the paper (The Evening Sun) about me being the fastest sprinter in Norwich history. I wish I could find the way to describe the feeling. In reality I really don’t have many words to describe the way it feels besides the fact that it’s an absolute honor,” said Race. “I’m truly blessed with the opportunities I’ve been given here in the Track and Field program in such a short time. Being mentioned with athletes like Mr. Benjamin and Mr. Morris is once again a huge honor.”


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