It was a different season, a different sized track, and lots of different weather. But, in Suffolk County, it was Huntington again. Lately, it’s always been Huntington. The Blue Devils captured their third consecutive Division II championship, scoring 114 points at the Suffolk boys track and field Division Championships at Centereach High School yesterday afternoon.
It is their sixth consecutive county title, encompassing both indoor and outdoor seasons, coach Ron Wilson said.
The championship, though long decided by the time the sun began to set on one of the warmest days of the season, was capped by another 4X400 meter relay victory, but hardly an easy one. Kyree Johnson, Lawrence Leake, Shane McGuire, and Infinite Tucker won in three minutes, 18.40 seconds after being pushed by both Half Hollow Hills West and Hauppauge on the final leg.
But, it was Tucker, running a 48.8 second anchor leg, who was able to withstand a late charge from both challengers and keep the 4X400 title exactly where it’s spent most of the last few years - in Huntington’s hands.
“I didn’t go out too fast,” Tucker said. “(Hauppauge’s) Nick Beglane is a really fast kid. He tried to overtake me. I let him go in front of me, then in the last 100 I came back and pushed through it.”
Tucker was a triple county champion. He also won both the Division II 110 hurdles (14.14 seconds) and the 400 hurdles (52.42). Johnson, who ran a 47.5 during the 4X800, also tripled. He won the 100 (10.98) and the 200 (22.26).
“This one feels great,” Johnson said of the team championship. “Last year, I ran the 100 and 200 and did not place first, so this one feels better because I came in first place in three events.”
Riverhead’s Luke Coulter won the Division II 1,600 in 4:16.62, his second victory of the championships. He won the 800 on Monday.
Longwood won Division I with 107.33 points. They set the tone early in the meet when Mike Linbrunner (15.09) and Spencer Payton (15.13) took first and second, respectively, in the Division I 110 hurdles.
Bay Shore’s Kaleb Mann won the Division I 200 (22.44) and 400 (48.77). During the 200, Mann separated himself from the field in the final 50 meters, rising a cut above a packed field.
“I saw everybody next to me and then started to open up my strides,” Mann said. “I was kind of tired from the 400 and started tightening up. But, I kept going and pushed through it.”
Amityville won Division III with 116 points. Tysheem Griffin was a triple winner, taking first place in the 100 (11.0), 200 (22.26) and the 400 (49.20). Deonte Wilson won the discus (145-8) and Emmanuel Oguntoye won the triple jump (45-4).