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Etienne Repeats as Division Champion

May 25, 2017
B Track 2017 Etienne Penn Relays

Etienne at the Penn Relays in April (PC: Penn Relays)

Yesterday afternoon, Jyles Etienne repeated as the Division III high jump champion. His 6′ 6″ leap was the 2nd highest mark of the day behind Daniel Claxton’s (Smithtown East) 7′ 0″ jump in the Division II final. Etienne chose not to attempt a jump after his winning height due to an uncomfortable feeling in his heel. A season ago Etienne soared above 6′ 10″ to claim the title.

Etienne now has his sites set on defending his Suffolk County Championship at Port Jeff one week from Saturday.


Division III High Jump Top 5 Results

  1. Jyles Etienne – Stony Brook – 6′ 6″
  2. Nakia Williams – Southampton – 6′ 4″
  3. Rickie Casazza – Shoreham-Wading River – 6′ 2″
  4. Dabein Walker – Wyandanch – 6′ 0″
  5. TyQuion Nix – Center Moriches – J 6′ 0″


Stony Brook All-Time Conference & Division Champions

  • 1978: Mark Whitney – Mile & 2 Mile
  • 1978: Keith DeBoard – 100 yd. & 440 yd.
  • 1978: Jeremy Goodwin, Mark Whitney, Andy Whitney & Keith DeBoard – Mile Relay
  • 1982: Larry DyLiacco – 400m
  • 1982: Mark Tangen – 1600m Walk
  • 1982: Joel Whitman, Daniel Henriksen, Andy Hoffman & Jim Santiago – 4×880 yd Relay
  • 1993: Allan Patrick – 200m
  • 1993: Allan Patrick, Brandon Stuckey, Nils Brownworth & Michael Roderick – 4 x 100m Relay
  • 1995: Luke Conti – 110m Hurdles & 400m Hurdles
  • 1995: Matt Mattimore – 100m
  • 1995: Matt Spooner, Marc Vega, Larry Wilson & Matt Mattimore – 4 x 400m Relay
  • 1995: Peter Mantius, Steven Meltzer, Gerald Iza & Ryan Steenburg – 4 x 100m Relay
  • 2005: Justin Song – 100m & 200m
  • 2005: Heejae Yang, Andy Park, Jules Gilimpundu & Justin Song – 4 x 100m Relay
  • 2008: Billy Collins – 800m
  • 2010: Taylor Colucci – 100m
  • 2011: Khoren Lawson – Triple Jump
  • 2014: Charles Tankeh – 100m & 200m
  • 2016: Jyles Etienne – High Jump
  • 2017: Jyles Etienne – High Jump


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Washington an Impact Transfer for Rutgers

May 25, 2017
Washington Rutgers

Washington at a Rutgers practice

After graduating from Stony Brook in 2012, Jerome Washington found himself without the football scholarship offer he so desired. He decided to do a post-graduate year at The Gunnery in Connecticut in order to raise his stock for the next recruiting cycle. When no offer came the following year, he signed on with Gattaca New Jersey, an independent football program whose goal is to garner Division I attention for its players. During the season he also attended Mercer County Community College, all in the hopes of earning a scholarship. Those hopes were finally realized in 2014.

His Gattaca coach sent out a highlight video from Washington’s 2014 season to dozens of Division I football coaches. Almost instantly offers came pouring in from elite programs such as Nebraska, Washington, Rutgers, and Alabama. In November of 2014 he officially committed to the University of Miami, a school with a deep football tradition. After playing a reserve role during the 2015 season, Washington transferred back to his hometown school, Rutgers University.

This past fall he sat out the requisite year that Division I transfers must give up, quietly waiting for his time. Now, with two years of eligibility remaining, he is ready to make an impact on the Scarlet Knights this fall.

Yesterday Washington was included as one of six key Big Ten Football transfers by Tom Dienhart, a senior writer for

The 6-4, 253-pound Miami (Fla.) transfer is closer to home at RU. He saw a bit of action in Coral Gables before leaving. Washington was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and could be a weapon for an offense desperate for weapons.

The Scarlet Knights open the season at home vs. the University of Washington on Friday, Sept. 1.



On This Day In History | 2003

May 24, 2017
B Track 2002

Lingle (top row , left) with the 2002 Stony Brook track squad

On this day 14 years ago, Will Lingle ’02 took 5th place in the 800m run at the Division III National Championships.

The Wheaton College freshman qualified for the final with a time of 1:53.51, the 7th best time in the heats, before running a blazing 1:51.94 in the final to earn him All-American status.


2003 DIII 800m National Championship Results

  1. Nick Symmonds – Willamette University – 1:49.51
  2. Matt Groose – University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – 1:50.13
  3. Will Elson – Muhlenberg College – 1:51.04
  4. Josh Zobenica – Lynchburg College – 1:51.25
  5. Will Lingle – Wheaton College – 1:51.94
  6. Michael Marschel – St. John’s University (MN) – 1:52.01
  7. Eddie Papalia – Haverford College – 1:52.24
  8. Doug Connor – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – 1:52.66
  9. Ryan Kleimenhagen – University of Wisconsin-Platteville – 1:53.33



On This Day In History | 1926

May 22, 2017
Brohard 1926

Brohard’s senior bio in Res Gestae 1926

On this day 91 years ago, Thomas Brohard capped his senior year by winning the 440 yard dash at the Suffolk County Championships. In the school’s and track team’s fourth year of existence it was their first time entering the Suffolk finals.

Track was not Brohard’s only standout sport during his time at the Brook, nor is it what he is best remembered for. He was a captain on the football team and a standout for the basketball, baseball and track squads. After graduating, he attended Davidson College where his interest in wrestling was first piqued and in the fall of 1932 Tom returned to the North Shore of Long Island and established our school’s first wrestling squad.

The team struggled in its first year, going 0-6 on the season, but rapid improvement was witnessed in the 1933 squad that finished 6-1. The Blue and White grapplers continued to gain traction in 1934 as the team went 11-2 and won the inaugural Suffolk County Wrestling Championship. Additionally, four County Champions were crowned as Stony Brook Hall of Famers Julius Ward and Philip Voegelin, along with Lane Patterson and Doug Watt, emerged victorious. In 1936 and 1937 four of his protégés, Arthur Elliot, Jr., Paul Landis, Norman Aarseth, and Paul Bickford became the first and only individual Long Island Champions in Stony Brook athletic history.

Brohard would, incredibly, go on the establish wrestling programs at 15 other Long Island high schools. He was inducted into the Stony Brook Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.


Stony Brook Suffolk County Track & Field Champions

2016 | Jyles Etienne/High Jump

2014 | Charles Tankeh/100m & 200m | Margot Rashba/3000m

2011 | Taylor Colucci/100m & 200m | Khoren Lawson/Triple Jump | Andrew White, Taylor Colucci, Jon Wentling & Khoren Lawson/4x100m Relay

2010 | Taylor Colucci/100m & 200m | Khoren Lawson/Triple Jump

2007 | Peter Carmel, Terrance Anderson, Jon Bute & Mike Cox/4 x 100 Relay

2004 | Dan Hickey/High Jump | Justin Song/100m

2002 | Dan Hickey/1600m

1988 | Marc Conti/800m

1978 | Andy Whitney/Mile & 2 Mile| Keith deBoard/100 yd. & 440 yd. | Jeremy Goodwin, Mark Whitney, Andy Whitney & Keith deBoard/Mile Relay | Laura Whitney/2 Mile

1977 | Kevin Lockerbie/440 yd.

1975 | Don Lockerbie/600 yd. & 880 yd.

1926 | Thomas Brohard/440 yd.


On This Day In History | 1937

May 22, 2017
Van Ranst Cornell

Van Ranst in 1937

On this day 80 years ago, Alfred Van Ranst ’35 led the Cornell University track and field team to a one-point victory over Princeton.

The former Brooker won the shot put with a heave of 45′ 8 3/8″, then took second in the discus (126′ 9″) in the meet’s final event to ensure Cornell’s 68-67 victory. One year later he would finish 3rd in the shot put at the Ivy League Championships (46′ 3.5″) before setting the school’s indoor shot put record in 1939.

Van Ranst was also a standout on Cornell’s football team, earning honorable mention All-American honors in 1937. In 1938 he distinguished himself as a team captain and the team MVP while also earning the Carl G. Snaveley Award for aggressiveness and a spot in the North-South game in Alabama.

In 1989 he was inducted into Cornell’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

While at the Brook, “Van” earned varsity letters in football, wrestling, track, and baseball, and was the president of the Athletic Association. However, his senior bio in Res Gestae 1935 indicates that he may have been best known for his prodigious appetite: “It is natural that a fellow who weights a hundred and ninety pounds and who labors so vigorously in student enterprises should eat a great amount of food, but the immense supplies which Van consumes make both the chef and the school treasurer wonder from what source the school’s next meal will come. However, it is better for the school to be without food than without Van.”



On This Day In History | 1988

May 16, 2017
Wycoff Faces in the Crowd

Wycoff featured in Faces in the Crowd (PC: Sports Illustrated)

On this day 29 years ago, Ann Marie Wycoff ’85 was featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated“Faces in the Crowd” has been a regular feature of SI since 1956. It’s purpose for over 60 years has been highlighting amateur athletes, many of whom have gone on to greatness including Tiger Woods, Magic Johnson, and Tim Tebow.

Wycoff was featured in the May 16, 1988 issue of the magazine. On the cover a still ringless Michael Jordan glided past the Cavalier defense while the interior was inked with stories on Dave Stewart’s 8-0 start for the Oakland A’s, Winning Color’s victory at the Kentucky Derby, and Ken Griffey Jr.’s prospects for a professional baseball career.

Wycoff, a junior at West Point at the time, earned her place in the “Faces” pantheon by winning four individual National Championships in the 200 IM, 200 butterfly, 400 IM, and 1,650 freestyle and earning the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award at the NCAA Division II Championships. When she graduated a year later, she would own 9 individual National Championships and 19 All-American nods. Her staggering accomplishments earned her a place in West Points inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2004, her third hall of fame induction along with the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame (1994) and Stony Brook School Hall of Fame (1997).

Wycoff, a U.S. Military Academy junior, set a Division II women’s 400-yard individual medley record of 4:25.45 at the NCAA championships. She also won three other events and was named the meet’s outstanding female swimmer.

~ “Faces in the Crowd,” May 16, 1988

View the digital version of the issue here.



On This Day In History | 1978

May 12, 2017
Whitneys 1977 XC

Mark & Laura in 1977

On this day 39 years ago, Mark and Laura Whitney ran impressive times at the renowned Loucks Games in White Plains, NY.

Mark, a senior, took third in the mile in a time of 4:16 while Laura, just an 8th-grader, finished 7th in the mile in 5:11. She would later lower her school record time to 5:02.4 before graduating in 1982.


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