Sure, the Section XI boys track and field division championships are going to see favorites triumph, as expected, but there can also be some surprises, some unforeseen developments.
Among those on Wednesday were third-place finishes by Mattituck junior Stephen Nyilas and Greenport/Southold sophomore Mateo Arias, both first-timers in challenging events.
As if the pentathlon isn’t tough enough, a day like Monday comes along with wind, driving rain and temperatures on the cold side.
This was Stephen Nyilas’ introduction to the pentathlon in the Section XI Division Championships at Comsewogue High School.
Jack Dufton, one of the greatest track and field athletes Mattituck High School has seen in recent memory, has moved on. He is now running for Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Life after Dufton will undoubtedly be different for the Tuckers, and it calls for a different approach.
Jack Dufton has never met Keith Reda, but he’s been chasing after him for three years. On Saturday, Dufton passed by him.
Dufton broke a Mattituck High School pentathlon record that had been on the books and owned by Reda for 26 years. By winning the 1,500-meter run, the final phase of the pentathlon in the Section XI Individual Championships/state qualifier, with a time of 4 minutes 23.50 seconds, Dufton totaled 3,017 points. That left him in second place behind West Islip junior Andrew Lauriquet (3,140), but surpassed the mark of 2,933 that Reda set in 1990. READ
Keith Reda’s record is safe — at least for now.
Mattituck High School senior Jack Dufton was approaching the school pentathlon record of 2,933 points that Reda set in 1990.
Winning can be so sweet.
Winning a second year in a row is so much sweeter.
Just ask Riverhead High School senior Curtis Flippen, who won the Suffolk County Division II triple jump championship for the second consecutive year at Centereach High School Monday afternoon.
Luis Morales had been warned to expect low numbers when he took over as the new coach of the Greenport/Southold high school boys track and field team. Morales, however, was pleasantly surprised to end up with 32 athletes on his team, a nice number for a small school.
But there is another number that Morales and his athletes have to feel good about: 3-0.
The Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School boys track and field team has a lot more than two future college athletes in Alex Frabizio and Dale Kelly. That duo also serves as de facto assistant coaches and recruiters. READ
Jack Dufton is quite a good high jumper in his own right, and yet the Mattituck High School senior said he doesn’t believe he has won a high jump competition since he entered seventh grade. Of course, there is a good reason for that.
Karl Himmelmann, the new head coach of the Mattituck High School boys track and field team, wasn’t prepared for what he saw when he entered the school cafeteria for a preseason meeting of the school’s boys and girls track teams. READ