NEWBURYPORT – In just two short years, Newburyport sophomore Alec Reduker has already established himself as one of the most accomplished and versatile athletes in school history, and if his performance this spring was any indication, the best is still yet to come.
Reduker was one of the league’s top performers in the high jump, pole vault, and the hurdling events all season long, routinely winning or placing in three or four events per meet to score a big chunk of his team’s points every time out.
He cemented his spot at the top of the league at the Cape Ann League Championship meet, where he won the league championship in the high jump by clearing 5-10 before placing 3rd in the pole vault (11-6) and 4th in the high hurdles (16.76). His 19 total points were the most of any male athlete at the meet.
But where Reduker really made his mark was at the Division IV state meet, where he made a huge leap – both figuratively and literally – in the high jump to win the state championship. Reduker cleared 6-5, beating his CAL Championship height by seven inches, and set a new school record in the process.
He also bettered his mark in the pole vault by clearing 11-9 to place second at the state meet, and he went on to place in the Top 20 in both events at All-States, breaking the school record in the pole vault by clearing 12-3. For all of that, the Daily News is proud to honor Alec Reduker as its 2014 Boys Track Athlete of the Year.
During the course of the season, Reduker’s performances helped swing a number of meets Newburyport’s way. On May 7, Reduker won three events and placed second in a fourth to help lead the Clippers to a 10-point win over North Reading. A day earlier, he broke a tie with Pentucket by winning the pole vault, which had previously been postponed due to inclement weather with the Clippers and Sachems knotted at 68. Reduker won three other events in that meet too.