After an admittedly slow start to his spring season, it appears that Smithtown East high jumper Daniel Claxton is back. The two-time indoor state Federation champion is refocused, re-energized, and ready to jump over anything that the final three weeks of his senior season throws in front of him.

Claxton cleared seven feet for the first time this season en route to a Division II high jump title on the second and final day of the Suffolk boys track and field Division Championships at Comsewogue Wednesday afternoon.

The height was a familiar bugaboo for Claxton who, despite clearing it in the indoor season, had not hopped over the magic number this spring.

“The great weather helped me,” Claxton said of the warm, slightly breezy afternoon. “I’ve been waiting for that for a while.”

Claxton, who will jump at UConn next season, barely missed clearing 7-1 on his final attempt, with his heal touching the bar just enough for it to topple to the mat.

“It just makes me want it even more,” Claxton said of the near miss. “If I went into [next weekend’s Suffolk state qualifier] knowing I got 7-1, then I’d expect myself to do it again. Knowing that I still haven’t got it yet, makes me want to get it that much more.”

Smithtown West won the Division II team championship, completing the always-difficult triple crown. The Bulls won county championships in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track this school year. Nicholas DeFelice won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in nine minutes, 55.82 seconds and Nick Cipolla won the 1,600 in 4:24.04, the 3,200 in 9:43.80 on Monday, and, along with Nick Muellers, Steven Spreizer, and David Cabello won the Division II 4 x 800-meter relay in 8:15.86.

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Sachem North’s Jonathan Lauer came from behind to win the Division I 3,000-meter steeplechase, catching Patchogue-Medford’s Carlos Santos on the final lap.

“The pack went out pretty hard today,” Lauer, who finished in 9:35.64, said. “I just sat back and stayed relaxed. I didn’t want to expend all of my energy in the beginning of the race, trying to catch up. I just slowly moved my way up toward Santos.”

Commack won the Division I team title. Jack Pihlkar won the discus (156-7).

Amityville, who won the indoor small schools county championship, dominated Division III en route to another title. Terrance Hinds won the 100 in 11.12 seconds and the 200 in 22.30. Kerron Gonzales won the long jump (22-3 1⁄2) and Alijah Benymon won the triple jump (43-1).