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Shoreham-Wading River's Ryan Udvadia has perfect finish(es) at county championships

Shoreham-Wading River's Ryan Udvadia wins the Division III

Shoreham-Wading River's Ryan Udvadia wins the Division III 1600 meter run at the Suffolk Boys Division Track and Field Championships at Longwood on Friday, May 23, 2014. Credit: George A. Faella

Ryan Udvadia couldn't have done any better if he tried.

The Shoreham-Wading River senior ended his county championship career on the highest of notes, winning all four of his events at the Suffolk Division Championships, held Tuesday and Friday at Longwood.

Udvadia dominated Division III. On Tuesday, he won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 57.38 seconds and the 3,200 in 9:44.44. On Friday, he added a 1,600-meter victory in 4:22.16 and ran anchor on the 4 x 800 relay team that won in 8:06.54.

"It's perfect," Udvadia said of the success.

Matt Gladysz, Connor McAlary and Keith Steinbrecher set up Udvadia's anchor leg, which he ran without competition.

Udvadia said that after Thursday's events were postponed because of rain, he was concerned his legs would tighten up, causing him to "lose something" on Friday. But as the two second-day victories proved, that wasn't the case. "I felt great in the 1,600," he said. "I was really loose and really strong."

Two other top distance runners took 1,600 victories Friday. Eastport-South Manor's Tom Meehan won the Division II race in 4:18.71 and Northport's Mike Brannigan took the Division I run in 4:18.95.

"With 300 meters to go, I started my sprint," Meehan said. "With 200 meters left, I went all-out."

Brannigan also found himself sprinting down the final straightaway. As he crossed the finish line, the Northport junior let out a victorious yelp and flexed his muscles for all to see, a change from his usual raised "double index finger" victory pose.

"I was so excited," Brannigan said. "I knew I had the race in the last lap."

Brannigan stayed behind teammates Tim and Jack McGowan for most of the race before flying by them in the final 150 meters.

"I had a big boost in me," Brannigan said.

Tim finished second in 4:20.80 and Jack was third in 4:21.33

Brannigan also won the Division I 3,200 Tuesday, finishing in 9:12.28.

Miller Place's Jeremy Miekley won the Division III 3,000 steeplechase in 9:37.80. Miekley ran alone for most of the race, but was careful to sprint the final straightaway, not wanting Shoreham-Wading River's Steinbrecher to catch him.

"I always expect the Shoreham guys to have something in the tank," Miekley said. "In order to stay ahead of any of them, you have to kick at the end."

Smithtown West's Ben Bonhurst continued his Suffolk dominance in the field. He won the Division II shot put -- throwing 64 feet -- and the discus, throwing 171-9.

Longwood's Corey Murphy and Dennis Russell finished first and second in both Division I throwing events. Murphy won the discus, throwing 169-6, and Russell won the shot put, tossing 59-8 1/4.

Longwood won the Division I team championship, scoring 157.5 points. Huntington took Division II, scoring 119 points and Port Jefferson won Division III with 109 points.

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