There’s no dominance like Huntington dominance. Not in Long Island boys track, anyway, and especially not when it comes to the small school division. The Blue Devils won five events at the Suffolk Small School championships en route to their second consecutive county title Sunday at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.
Huntington scored 98 points.
“It meant a lot to us,” Infinite Tucker said. “I’m just happy to be on this team.”
And they’re sure happy to have him. Tucker won two individual events, taking the 600 meters in 1 minute, 24.34 seconds and flying 23 feet, 2 inches in the long jump.
Tucker, who concentrates more on the 600 than on the long jump, said he was having trouble getting his marks down for the field event earlier this season. That issue was rectified and didn’t give him any trouble Sunday. “I extended off the board, felt good in the air, and just landed,” Tucker said.
Kyree Johnson, who will compete individually in the Millrose Games this month, won the 55 meters in 6.52 seconds. “I thought my drive phase towards the middle and at the end of the race was really good,” Johnson said.
Lawrence Leake took the 300 meters in 35.78 seconds. “I got a pretty strong start, cruised through the middle, and got a real ly strong finish, which I needed,” Leake said.
Johnson, Leake, Tucker and Exzayvian Crowell won the 4X400 relay in 3:27.40.
Huntington’s dominance goes way beyond Suffolk, too. Entering the meet, the Blue Devils held the season’s top time in New York State in three of the seven major individual track categories, according to the website milesplit.com. Tucker was best in the 600 meters (1:20.54) and 55-meter hurdles (7.50 seconds) and Johnson was fastest in the 300 meters (34.03 seconds). Huntington also had the state’s top 4x400-meter time (3:20.71).
In other events, Harborfields’ Ryan Scanlon won the 3,200 meters in 9:44.45, running by himself for most of the race and cruising to a 10-second victory. Hauppauge’s Nick Beglane also ran to a huge win in the 1,000, with his 2:34.11 besting the field by 5.36 seconds.
“My coach wanted me to get out really hard because last year, I got caught up in the crowd and fell in the last 10 meters of the race,” Beglane said. “My coach wanted me to avoid that problem, get out really quick, and lead all the way.”
It was only the third time Beglane has run the 1,000 meters this season. He did a 2:33.33 early last month that is the top time on Long Island.
East Hampton’s Erik Engstrom won the 1,600 in 4:33.81.