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Amsterdam sending 4 athlete's to nationals

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Amsterdam is sending four track athletes to nationals for the first time in school history.

"We thought the 3:19 realm, even 3:20 was out of our reach," said senior Brett Stanavich.

"I just never thought it would come to this," said senior John Hardies.

"It's still kind of a dream I guess... It still doesn't seem real," said senior Anthony Stewart.

"The 4 by 4 was kind of out of nowhere and I was really excited for that one," said sophomore Izaiah Brown.

The guys got their new jersey's Friday and are set to take off around noon Saturday. It's bound to be an unforgettable experience, but it almost didn't happen. 

Though the Rams were planning to send sophomore Izaiah Brown to run the 400 individual race, the price of two people traveling versus six is very different.

"The school and the booster club - we really didn't have the money to pay for that," said coach Kevin Wilary.

So the team didn't celebrate for long, the excitement was quickly followed by a goal -- raise $3,000.

"We've tried to just appeal to the community and thankfully a lot of individuals, a lot of businesses, all kinds of organizations have helped us out and made this possible," said Hardies.

"The slogan for Amsterdam is ‘little city, big heart' and you really see it here," said Wilary.

After multiple fundraisers, the team has nearly reached its goal, but with the fastest sophomore in the country on the team, they know they're not done yet.

"Anything additional, I mean, we have two more years of Izaiah Brown on this team and it's going to good use," said Wilary.

If you would like to donate, contact Booster Club President Greg Knackat

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