OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Legendary track and field coach Pete Zinno heaps praise on former NYIT sprinter and two-time Olympian Patrick Jarrett.
"He transferred to us from St. John's as a guy who knew he had so much more left in the tank — so much more to do," said Zinno, who was inducted into the East Coast Conference Hall of Fame on Monday. "When he came to us, it was his mission to prove he was something special. With us, he rose."
Now, Jarrett will be honored Monday as part of the 15th class of inductees into the NYIT Athletics Hall of Fame.
Former soccer standouts Eduardo Anacleto and Peter Antoniades and former athletic director Clyde Doughty Jr. also will be enshrined during an evening banquet at the Woodside Club in Muttontown. Dr. Jerry Balentine will be presented with the Big Bear Award for his friendship to the program.
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Jarrett's NYIT accolades include earning four national championships and five All-American honors in the late 1990s.
"Even though he was not a team captain, he was certainly an inspiration and leader to so many guys on our team, and an inspiration to me, because I saw the progress and how hard he worked," Zinno said. "I was totally impressed this guy would come and make a turnaround like he did."
Jarrett also competed internationally as a sprinter at the sport's highest level, representing his native Jamaica.
In 1999, he earned a bronze medal in the Pan American Games in the 4x100 relay with a collective time of 38.82 seconds.
He qualified for the Olympics and represented Jamaica in the Sydney Summer Games the following year.
Four years later, in the 2004 Athens Olympics, Jarrett's group placed fourth in its heat in the relay behind the United States, Great Britain and Brazil.
Today, Jarrett helps coach at Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C.
He also coaches for Athletes in Action.
A native Jamaican, he had attended Farmingdale High School on Long Island before enrolling at St. John's and then landing at NYIT.