WESTIFLED, NJ – Though just a junior at Westfield High School, Sid Douglas holds the school’s best time, 51.8 seconds, in the 400 relay for the winter track season.

After watching the young sprinter make great strides throughout the season, securing his position as one of the fastest sprinters on the team, head Coach Chris Tafelski nominated Douglas as TAP into Westfield’s Athlete of the Week.

“Sid is learning a lot about what it takes to make an impact at the county and state level. Union County is one of the toughest counties in the state in the 400, so for Sid to have made the impact that he has this season says a lot about what he can do,” said Tafelski.

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By the end of the season, Douglas had multiple PRs for the 400 meter alone and a total time drop of 3.05 seconds from the beginning of the season.

Douglas credits his teammates for helping him progress, saying that they drive him to improve with their cheers from the sidelines.

“What influences me to improve — and other runners — is each other. My track teammates are my family and my fuel to keep running and improving,” Douglas said.

On Jan. 31, Douglas placed fifth in the 400 meter with a new PR of 52.27 seconds at NJSIAA North 2 Sectionals. However, this impressive time was quickly replaced by another PR of 51.33 seconds, which he earned at the NJSIAA Group 4 Championships on Feb. 15.

“I want to improve and race against the best of the best. I want to teach others who run that if you find something to run for nothing will stop you,” said Douglas.

He looks forward to representing his team at countless meets throughout spring season.  

Danielle Pinney is a junior at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into Westfield.