Junior Baden Seabury is one of Section 2’s top sprinters. In his Freshman year of high school, he achieved a personal record of 11.27 seconds in the 100-meter dash. This put Seabury as the 14th ranked time for Section 2 State Qualifying times. He found himself amongst a crowded field of upperclassmen with the next freshman at the 41st rank.
Baden was also the 12th ranked in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.91 seconds.
Like all runners, Seabury was unable to improve his times last season because, well, there wasn’t a season. After not being able to run his sophomore season due to COVID-19, the star sprinter is looking to achieve new PR’s and beat the Ichabod Crane school records.
Before he graduates, Seabury plans on hitting a sub-11 100-meter dash time. He believes this will guarantee him a spot at States and eventually Nationals.
Seabury has also gained serious recognition since he started running varsity in 8th grade:
Colonial Council Second Team – 2019 Indoor
Colonial Council First team – 2020 Indoor
Times Union All-stars Second team – 2020 Indoor
ICC indoor track MVP – 2019, 2020
ICC outdoor track MVP – 2019
“In 9th grade I started to see my times improve and that’s when I was like okay, I’ve gotta commit myself to this, this could be good, this could be fun.”
And improved, his times did:
100-meter – 11.27
200-meter – 22.91
300-meter – 35.70
55-meter – 6.63
The 2022 Ichabod Crane graduate is not yet committed to any colleges. However, Seabury has been in contact with coaches from West Point, the University of Vermont, and UNC Wilmington; so be on the lookout for a decision from Seabury in the near future.
Seabury also plans on studying business at whichever school he decides to attend in the fall of 2022.
The star sprinter talked about the importance of nutrition. “You can tell in 8th grade, I was having McDonald’s every day and my times were not there… As soon as I made that switch it was insane, the times that were coming from that…I think that a lot of kids may be naturally faster but they’re not taking the proper steps to excel.”
When it comes to the competition, there is no team that Seabury enjoys racing against more than Shenendehowa. He says there is no particular runner he likes to beat, but rather just likes the feeling of beating a school with 3,219 kids.
“When we are racing in the 4×4 and we are able to beat them it is just so satisfying… it’s like, we have 800 kids and you have 3,000.”
However, when it comes to other runners the first one Seabury always has in mind is Loxie Shaw of Mohonasen High School. The two run club track together at Sky’s The Limit and although they do not know each other personally, Seabury loves to run the 200-meter dash against him.
“I love to run the 200 against him because he is faster than me and he always has a strong finish. Usually I can get off ahead of him and then die off later in the race. He always pushes me to go further when I hear him coming up behind me.”
When asked to brag about himself, Seabury talked about his ability to come off the line quicker than others, hence why he can get ahead of Shaw in the beginning of the 200.
However when he was asked about his weaknesses, Seabury talked about his arms. “I need to work on my arms and form when I am in races. I tend to swing back and forward, wasting valuable energy especially in longer sprints.”
This high school track star has clearly proven his worth already at such a young age. However, after missing his sophomore season, Seabury is highly motivated to only do better in his upcoming junior season. I wish this kid the best of luck and hope to see his name at the next national championship.