03/25/15 5:00pm
03/25/2015 5:00 PM
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…)