It all ended for Jack Dufton with a Coke and a smile.
Following the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championships last year when he finished 23rd in the pentathlon, Dufton resolved to cut out bad foods from his diet and abstained from drinking soda. “I wanted to come back bigger, stronger, healthier,” said the Mattituck High School senior.
And he did. The results spoke for themselves.
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
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
High school winter track is a different animal than the spring version in a number of ways. That includes the makeup of the Section XI Championships. READ
Standing in the dry air in the Suffolk County Community College arena, Darius Brew began his approach. This wasn’t just any high jump for the Mattituck High School senior, so some adjustment was required. READ
By Karl Himmelmann’s count, there are only about a handful of high schools in Suffolk County that do not run winter track. Mattituck is no longer one of them. READ
Owen Klipstein has a lot of things going for him as a cross-country runner. The Southold High School junior is tall, has long legs, is dedicated and follows his coach’s workout instructions to the tee. READ
Julie Milliman apparently isn’t one to dwell on the past, even the recent past, which has to conjure happy memories for her. Last year, her first as coach of the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team, Milliman saw her team pull off the triple crown. READ
From left, Jeremy Rempe, Jon Rempe and Owen Klipstein are among the leading runners for a Southold team that is making a run at county and league titles. (Credit: Garret Meade)
After sending his cross-country runners off on their training run last Thursday afternoon, Karl Himmelmann speculated on the near future for his Southold team. It’s a bright future. Curious to see how the new season unfolds, he said, “I’m excited, really excited.”
Himmelmann has good reason to be. He called this the “deepest boys field I’ve had in the five years I’ve been coaching.” (more…)