Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island boys track and field team for the 2015 spring season.
LI RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Mike Brannigan, Northport, Sr.
While it's unlikely that anyone around the sport will forget Brannigan any time soon, the senior made sure to etch his name into the record books before leaving high school, just for good measure. Brannigan broke the New York State outdoor two-mile record in May, winning the 3,200 meters at the 48th annual Glenn D. Loucks Games in 8 minutes, 42.92 seconds. That converted time broke the previous record of 8:48.11, set by Josh McDougal of Peru, N.Y., in 2004.
But Brannigan wasn't done. He ran 4:05.78, good for second place in the high school mile at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in May. The time was a Suffolk County record, breaking the previous mark of 4:09.1 set by Sayville?s Brian Dalpiaz in 2003. It was also the fourth-fastest mile in New York State history, coach Jason Strom said.
Brannigan placed third in the Dream Mile at the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island last weekend, running 4:03.18, a personal best.
Last winter Brannigan placed second in the 5,000 meters at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory in March, running 14:42.33. And he finished third in the New Balance High School Mile at the Millrose Games in February, running 4:12.69.
NASSAU RUNNER OF THE YEAR: LUKE GERMANAKOS, Lynbrook, Sr.
Instead of cowering to the pressure that comes with being a defending state champion, Germanakos welcomed it, fully aware of what he was trying to do as the winter season wore down. After winning the New York State indoor 600-meter championship in 2014, Germanakos knew that everyone knew his name. And, after a 1:20.60 victory in the same event at the annual state summit in March, he made sure that everyone would remember his name.
Germanakos followed that up with a third-place finish in the spring New York State Championship 800 meters at SUNY-Albany last weekend in 1:51.96, a personal best that led him across the line less than one second behind the winner, who finished in 1:51.40.
DREW ALFANO, Sachem East, Sr.
Alfano won the Division I State Pentathlon, scoring 3,506 points. Alfano placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, tied for fifth in the high jump, took 14th in the shot put, won the long jump by flying 22 feet, 2 1/2 inches, and placed eighth in the 1,500.
JAMES BURKE, Port Jefferson, Sr.
Burke's magical winter run featured countless great performances, with three standing out. He won the New Balance High School Mile at the Millrose Games in 4:11.25. Less than a month later, Burke won the New York State Indoor 1,600 championship in 4:17.88. The senior capped it off with a second-place finish in the mile at New Balance Indoor Nationals in 4:08.48.
EXZAYVIAN CROWELL, Huntington, Jr.
Crowell and Huntington's winter squad won the New York State Indoor 4X400 championship in 3:27.76, more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
KYREE JOHNSON, Huntington, Soph.
Johnson and Huntington's winter squad won the New York State Indoor 4X400 championship in 3:27.76, more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Johnson finished third in the spring 400 in 49.29.
LAWRENCE LEAKE, Huntington, Soph.
Leake and Huntington's winter squad won the New York State Indoor 4X400 championship in 3:27.76, more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
JOSH LINSTER, Long Beach, Sr.
Linster won both the New York State Division I and Federation 100 championships. He finished the Division I dash in 10.68 and the Federation final in 10.85. Linster won the Nassau Class AAA 100 in 10.93 and the triple jump, flying 46-10 3/4.
AARON McFADDEN, Copiague, Sr.
McFadden, who passed on football to focus on track and field this season, won the State Division I 110 hurdle championship in 14.24. He finished second in the Federation championship, crossing the line in 14.27. McFadden won the Suffolk Division II 100 championship.
HASANI RATHAN, Floyd, Sr.
Rathan became the first Floyd athlete to win the state high jump title in both the winter and spring seasons, coach Ed Noll said. Rathan cleared 6-10 en route to his winter title, five inches above his previous best. He cleared 6-10 again to win the spring title.
ERIC SHENG, Syosset, Sr.
Sheng will always be a part of New York State Indoor Track history. He won the first state weight throw championship, tossing 67-8 1/2 at Cornell University in March. Sheng won the weight throw at the Nassau Indoor State Qualifier, throwing 62-11.
INFINITE TUCKER, Huntington, Jr.
Tucker and Huntington's winter squad won the New York State Indoor 4X400 championship in 3:27.76, more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Tucker put together an outstanding individual season as well, winning the spring 400 hurdles in 52.29.
COACH OF THE YEAR: RON WILSON, Huntington
Wilson oversaw two team county championships, a winter relay state championship, and a spring individual state championship. Huntington won the indoor small schools championship in dominant fashion, their 96 points almost doubling up the field. In the spring, Wilson's squad scored 99 points en route to a Division II championship.
SAM CHIMEZIE, Half Hollow Hills East, Sr.
SHAKA SHOMARI, Holy Trinity, Sr. (pictured)
SHAMAR POWELL, Whitman, Sr.
DANIEL CLAXTON, Smithtown East, Soph.
PAT TUCKER, St. Anthony's, Sr.
CONNOR LANGDON, Eastport-South Manor, Sr.
Half Hollow Hills West Spring 4X400 relay: KORY FITZGERALD, Sr., LLORDEL CARD, Jr., AHMED GALAL, Jr., DENZEL HARDY, Jr.