Huntington’s Infinite Tucker is one of, if not the, top track athlete on Long Island. He further proved that last Sunday when he walked away with three gold medals at the Suffolk small school championships at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.
Tucker, a senior, won the 600 meters in 1 minute, 24.34 seconds; the long jump, clearing 23 feet, 2 inches; and, along with Exzayvian Crowell, Kyree Johnson and Lawrence Leake, took the 4 x 400-meter relay in 3:27.40.
The three victories helped Huntington blow away the field in the team competition, scoring 98 points to take their second consecutive small school county title.
Tucker said that he had trouble finding his mark during the long jump competition because he had not competed in the event much this year.
But, once he found his spot, he was able to fly farther than anyone has on Long Island this season. As of Thursday, the distance was the farthest in Nassau or Suffolk, according to milesplit.com.
“I extended off the board, felt good in the air, and just landed,” Tucker said.
In the 600, he was patient, not wanting to get out in front and die out at the very end. This is his top individual event and he is extremely familiar with the winning formula.
“I sat back behind the leader, waited for the final lap and a half to burst out and give it all I had,” Tucker said.
Tucker’s 600-meter reign extends well beyond Suffolk. Entering Thursday, he held the top 600-meter time in the state, running a 1:20.54 at the Molloy Stanner Games in January. That time ranked third nationally, behind Rodney Agyare-May (1:18.94) and George Papoulis (1:20.18), both of Massachusetts.
Tucker and his 4 x 400-meter teammates held the top time in the state as of Thursday, running a 3:20.71 at the Millrose Games trials in January. That time ranks fourth nationally, with Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) holding the best time at 3:18.71.
Tucker also had the top 55-meter hurdle time (7.50) on Long Island as of Thursday.