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BBP's Jack Flood wins state pentathlon

Jack Flood of Bayport Blue-Point takes the win

Jack Flood of Bayport Blue-Point takes the win in the 110 Meter Hurdles at the Suffolk County Section XI Division III Championships. (May 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Bob Sorensen

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - Perhaps those most affected by Friday's rainout at the New York State boys track and field championships were the pentathletes.

Sure, those who were supposed to run individual races Friday may have been forced to double- and triple-up Saturday, but it wasn't quite the same burden that pentathletes faced.

Instead of splitting the five-event competition over two days, competitors had to complete the grueling sequence in one day. In some ways, the squeezed event revealed the true nature of a pentathlon -- a test of strength, skill and endurance.

Bayport-Blue Point's Jack Flood didn't want to hear any of that when he was informed of the schedule change early Friday morning. "I was really mad," Flood said.

But after some reflection on the matter, Flood began to see the good in the situation.

"I thought about it a lot and determined that it would be a great opportunity to succeed," he said. "I knew the other kids would also be mad at it and I would come out on top if I stayed focused."

His focus was a large reason for his victory. Flood won the state pentathlon championship with 3,510 points.

After the afternoon of exertion, Flood seemed almost surprised at his lack of fatigue. "The win overcomes everything," he said. "I feel great right now."

Highlights of Flood's conquest included a time of 15.04 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

"That was the third-best time I've ever run in that race and the best time inside the pentathlon," Flood said. "I felt good in warm-ups and my start was good. It was a good race for me."

Flood jumped 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, a personal best.

"My approach was good and I just jumped as high as I could," he said. "The approach is the most important thing. You have to accelerate on the turn and climb over the bar."

Flood threw the shot put 42-37/8, long-jumped 19-5 and ran a 4:34.47 in the 1,500.

"My leg was a little sore," Flood said of the 1,500. "But I just ran through it. You can't think about it."

Although it didn't seem like it when he was told of the weather postponement, Flood believes that Saturday's weather, warm and sunny for the majority of the day, actually helped him and his competitors.

"If we ran on Friday, everyone would have done poorly," Flood said. "There was just rain everywhere. It was soaking wet. It was really easy to warm up and everyone had good races."

There were a host of non-pentathletes who had a day to remember at the final state meet of the school year. Smithtown West's Ben Bonhurst won the shot put, with a 61-11 toss, a personal best.

"I was quicker than usual today," Bonhurst said. "The shot put came off my hand really nicely."

Bonhurst said he's been working on his speed and staying inside the circle all season.

"I've been fouling," he said. "But I stayed in the circle nicely today. I just went for it and it happened."

Jericho's Noah White won the discus with a 181-9 toss.

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