Waverly's Puusalu excited to run college track at Binghamton
Over the weekend Waverly's Nick Puusalu wrapped up his high school track and field career with three medals at the New York State Track and Field Championships.
While he may be done with high school, his track and field career will continue next year at Division I Binghamton.
"I'm definitely really excited," Puusalu said. "It's going to be nothing like high school. It's the best of the best from high school."
After a standout high school career Puusalu started looking at colleges for next year. He started looking at Binghamton in part because former Waverly standout Erika Kisel is on the women's team.
"I probably never would have considered Binghamton otherwise," Puusalu said. "I was looking at Albany and Syracuse and I really never thought about Binghamton. But, she told me how great of a school it was and how good the coaches was and when I went up there to visit it felt like home to me."
For Puusalu one of the advantages of running at Binghamton will be getting the chance to do a lot of indoor meets at familiar places like Cornell and outdoor meets in the region as well.
"It will kind of be like home field advantage for me," he said. "A lot of kids coming in are probably more used to the banked tracks, but I'm used to these tracks."
Having two runners from the same school competing at a D-I school like Binghamton is something that Puusalu knows shows how successful Waverly has become.
"It definitely says a lot," he said. "We have had a lot of great athletes and it's great to see two people from the same school compete at a place like that."
In college Puusalu figures he will be running some of the same stuff as high school, primarily the 100 and the relays, along with long jumping. However, he also will likely be running more open 400s.
"For the open 400, my 200 time is perfect for a good 400 runner," Puusalu said. "I will use that as motivation to get even better."
One of the things that Puusalu is looking forward to is the chance to have more individual coaching in his events in college.
"Coach (Charlie) Hughes is like a college coach," Puusalu said of his high school coach. "He's great, but it will definitely be really awesome in college. We will have far more specialized coaching for the long jump and the sprints, not doing everything at the same time."