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East Aurora senior breaks father’s record in 400-meter intermediate hurdles

A 31-year record for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at East Aurora High School has been broken.

By the record-holder’s son.

Jack Zagrobelny broke the record last weekend while winning the race at the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Track & Field Championships, held in the Maryvale School District. A school district spokeswoman said his time of 55.81 seconds broke the previous record of 0:56.4, which his father, Steve, set during his last high school race in 1984.

East Aurora’s 1,600-meter relay team of Zagrobelny, Mike Durant, Matt McLaughlin and Mike Coatsworth also finished first last weekend.

“Running the hurdles has never been something in track that most aspire to do. That is to say that they usually have to be ‘volunteered’ by the coach,” the elder Zagrobelny, a member of the East Aurora School Board, said. “It was that way when I ran track, and it hasn’t changed much since then.”

“I encouraged my sons, Jack and Sam, to take up the hurdles when they started track in high school, and kindheartedly encouraged them to break my record since it still remained after all of those years,” Zagrobelny said.

Jack Zagrobelny is ranked first in the state in the 400 hurdles, according to the district spokeswoman.

The 1,600 relay team holds the school record, and he also broke a 34-year-old swimming record this year in the 100-yard breaststroke.

After he graduates from high school later this month, Jack Zagrobelny will attend Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he plans to try out for its Division 1 track team.