The recent graduate closed out an impressive career that saw him emerge as a star, particularly during his senior year. Niang won the PIAA Class AAA state title in the 110 meter hurdles, running 14.28 for the state title. He improved on that PR at New Balance Nationals Outdoor, where he ran 14.26 for 28th overall.
He was also apart of Central Dauphin East's state title-winning 4x200 meter relay from the indoor season. That squad ran a season best of 1:28.52, one of the quickest times in state history.
Niang, who is bound for Iowa Western in the fall, reflected on his career for PennTrackXC.
What was your most memorable race/competition?
My most memorable race was at Kevin Dare when the 4x200 relay team and I ran a national lead and also the All-American Honors.
Where did you face your biggest competition?
I faced my biggest competition at new balance outdoor nationals 2019 because I was racing the best and was my first time being expose to hurdlers of that caliber, so I had to step up to the challenge
Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
Out of all my accomplishment the one that stood out the most was my state 3A title in 110 hurdles because I could of never imagined it , to think last year I couldn't get over a hurdle to being the top is unimaginable.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school?
If I could do it over again I would of gotten serious much earlier been in the weight room and fixed my body to be in better shape.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Obstacles I had to over come we're lower back injury because it kept me from competing to my full potential so I put bio freeze and tiger balm to make it through the season.
What will you miss the most?
One thing I'll miss the most is the bond I created with my team all the fun competitive practices all the bus ride and traveling and the high school name I build for myself.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Hard work truly pays off, trust your coaches, and trust the process because in the end everything will pay off
How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals overall?
My coaches were a big influence to my performance because they trained me to perform to the best of my ability and never gave on me even when I wasn't improving and they saw the best in me and put me in the best shape I could be.
What are your post-high school plans?
I plan to take my academic and athletic talents to Iowa Western.
Shoutout GOD, my family, all my coaches, the Galloway's, Coach Russel, steveeeee, shawndee, Bruceee, Davee aka master splinter, CENTRAL DAUPHIN EAST