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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.
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Mattituck's Jack Dufton turned in a personal record in the long jump and three other events to help him to a second-place finish in the pentathlon. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mattituck junior Jack Dufton, competing in the long jump, landed a second-place finish in the pentathlon. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

To say that Ryan DiResta had a good track and field meet would be putting it mildly. The Riverhead High School senior produced personal records in four of the five events that make up the pentathlon. No wonder he not only finished first in points, but he also set a school record in the process in the Division Championships at Comsewogue High School on Friday.

DiResta ended up with a total of 3,159 points to top the Suffolk County Division II field. That shattered Riverhead’s previous record of 2,791 that was set by Yves Perodin in 1993, according to coach Steve Gevinski.

“This is like a big achievement for me,” said DiResta, who is in his second year of competing in the pentathlon.

DiResta’s nearest competition came from Smithtown East senior Ben Lebit, who had 3,010 points.

To help him reach the top, DiResta put up personal-best numbers in the 110-meter high hurdles (second in 17.07 seconds), the high jump (second at 1.83 meters), the shot put (fourth at 11.03 meters) and the 1,500 meters (second in 4:36.00). He was also second in the long jump at 6.22 meters.

DiResta’s fine showing, along with victories by triple jumper Curtis Flippen and the 4×100-meter relay team, helped Riverhead to a third-place team ranking with 74 points. The only teams to finish ahead of the Blue Waves were Huntington (99) and Eastport/South Manor (86).

The most thrilling race of the day might have been Riverhead’s triumph in the 4×100 relay. In a photo finish, Steven Reid III leaned his head forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner by the slimmest of margins. After a review of the photo confirmed the victory, the Blue Waves screamed and jumped for joy.

The team, which included Andrew Smith, Jacob Robinson and Marcus Reid, Steven’s brother, was timed in 43.27 seconds, nipping out Copiague by 1/100th of a second.

On Wednesday, the first day of the meet, Flippen, a junior, covered 43 feet 4 1/4 inches to take first place in the triple jump.

Riverhead pole vaulters Kyle Gevinski and Brendan Krumbiegel finished in a four-way tie for second place, clearing 11-0.

Another Riverheader, Troy Trent, threw the shot put 54-1/2, good enough for second place.

Steven Reid III and Robinson turned in third-place finishes, with Reid’s time of 11.39 in the 100 and Robinson’s 50.09 in the 400.

EXHAUSTED KELLY TRIUMPHS IN 400 Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Dale Kelly was exhausted following the Division III 400-meter final, and for good reason. The junior had won in 50.02.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz flew to victory in the 800 in 1:59.18.

Mattituck junior Jack Dufton took second in the pentathlon with 2,683 points. Dufton capped off his meet with a winning time of 4:24.25 in the 1,600. He was also first in the high jump (1.73 meters), second in the shot put (9.77 meters), tied for third in the long jump (5.62 meters) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (19.95).

In the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, McGann-Mercy’s Alex Frabizio came in third in 57.63.

Shoreham’s Brendon Frances ended up third in the shot put with a throw of 45-0.

Amityville won the team title with 123 1/2 points. Shoreham (24) was ninth, McGann-Mercy (16) was 14th, Mattituck (8) was 17th and Greenport/Southold (2) was 19th.

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Jack Dufton set a Mattituck High School record in the 800 meters and has set his sights on the school's pentathlon record. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Jack Dufton set a Mattituck High School record in the 800 meters and has set his sights on the school’s pentathlon record. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

After he flew through the first 400 meters of the 800-meter race in 57 seconds, one had to wonder, could this be the day? Could this be the day that Jack Dufton does it?

Dufton himself said he had gone into the race “feeling slow.” If the Mattituck High School junior was going to have a record-setting day, May 12 didn’t seem like it would be the day.

But Dufton said about 200 meters into the race, all of his reservations blew away like the wind off his shoulders and he started feeling good. As he rounded the final turn, a school record was on the line. (more…)

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Greenport/Southold's Oscar Coc-Tomas came in first place in the 110-meter high hurdles in 20.1 seconds, a personal record. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Greenport/Southold’s Oscar Coc-Tomas came in first place in the 110-meter high hurdles in 20.1 seconds, a personal record. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 74, CLIPPERS 58

The gauntlet was thrown down before the Mattituck High School boys track and field team. It was a considerable challenge, too: Win a dual meet without the services of one of its best athletes, Darius Brew.

With Brew ineligible to compete, the Tuckers had to compensate for the 20 potential points he is capable of putting up. That’s a lot of points and quite a hurdle to overcome, but they did it. (more…)

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Mattituck junior Darius Brew took first place in the high jump with a height of 6 feet during Thursday's dual meet against Wyandanch. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck junior Darius Brew took first place in the high jump with a height of 6 feet during Thursday’s dual meet against Wyandanch. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

WARRIORS 95, TUCKERS 55

One of the longest road trips in Suffolk County high school boys track and field came to an end on Thursday. For the first time since 2008, according to coach Mike Miller, Mattituck hosted a home dual meet.

Because Mattituck’s old cinder track had been deemed unusable for meets, the Tuckers had to hit the road for all their meets in the years since 2008. That was until Thursday. (more…)

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Mattituck junior Jack Dufton, center, shown running in a meet against Elwood/John Glenn last year, has the ability to compete in a variety of events. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Mattituck junior Jack Dufton, center, shown running in a meet against Elwood/John Glenn last year, has the ability to compete in a variety of events. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

PREVIEW

It was bitterly cold last Thursday, but that didn’t stop the brave souls who went about their business, training and running on Mattituck High School’s new track.

As if to mark the occasion for posterity, one of the coaches, watch in hand, announced that these were the first “time trials” on the track. History in the making. Jack Dufton was up to it. The Mattituck junior was the first boy to finish 800 meters in 2 minutes 16 seconds.

“It feels great,” Dufton said of the running surface, a dramatic improvement over the cinder track the Tuckers used to run on. “Never would have been able to get a time like that on the old track.” (more…)

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Mattituck's Adam Hicks, center, took second place in the 3,200 meters in 11 minutes 50 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Adam Hicks, center, took second place in the 3,200 meters in 11 minutes 50 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

KNIGHTS 84, TUCKERS 56

The Elwood/John Glenn boys track and field team swept the three relay races to wrap up an 84-56 victory over Mattituck in a Suffolk County League VII dual meet on Tuesday in East Northport.  (more…)