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Individual Highlights Overshadow Loss to Devils

May 13, 2011

The 63-77 loss to Center Moriches was not the result our boys track team was hoping for Wednesday afternoon, but some exciting individual marks left a number of our boys eager for the postseason after the year’s final dual meet.  The gorgeous weather was a welcome respite from the cold spring the boys have been enduring and it no doubt contributed to the impressive performances.

In the meet’s 1st event Brian Jeong took leapt a distance of 19′ 3″ in the long jump on his final jump to leapfrog a Red Devil into 2nd place.  Yisheng Cai then grabbed a 2nd place finish in the mile in 5:07.7, his best time of the season.  Taylor Colucci and Andrew White continued their dominance in the sprints as they finished 1st and 2nd in the 100 meter dash in 11.1 and 11.3 (tying White’s personal record), respectively.  Their placements held in the 200 meter dash as they blew away the rest of the field, slingshotting around the turn before effortlessly cruising down the straightaway.  Jon Wentling ran his best 400 meter dash time of his career in 52.1 to give him a 2nd place finish while Marco Masakayan came across in 54.7 to grab 3rd.  Wyatt Piazza had a fine day, winning the 800 meter run in 2:12.2 and finishing 2nd in the 3200 meter run in 11:07.0.

The finest performance of the day came from Kai Strachan in the high jump.  After jumping 5’10” at Port Jefferson last week, Strachan was poised for another strong performance.  With favorable, warm weather aiding his legs he cruised through heights of 4’9″, 5’0″, 5’2″, 5’4″, 5’6″ and 5’8″ without missing and as the bar was raised to 5’10” only Strachan and a jumper from Center Moriches remained.  Each missed their 3 attempts at 5’10” and had an equal number of jumps at the previous heights meaning a sudden death jump-off at 5’10” would determine the winner.  Rising to the occasion and summoning energy after 9 previous jumps, Strachan cleared 5’10” on his 1st attempt, tying his personal record.  The lone remaining Red Devil missed on his rebuttal giving Strachan the exciting win.  Strachan decided to continue and go after the 6’0″ milestone that all high jumpers hope to attain at some point in their careers.  After 2 tantalizingly close attempts Strachan was left with one final attempt and once again he found the spring he needed on his 13th jump of the day to clear the elusive 6-foot barrier, the 1st Bear to do so since Dan Hickey in 2004.  The jump currently leaves Strachan tied for 5th place in New York State’s Class C.



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  1. Wain Barnes ,SBS 1958, Duke 62, permalink
    May 13, 2011 11:53 AM

    I still run Masters track and am a big fan of the sport. At SBS 440 WAS My best event but our real stars were 2 hall of famers distance runners like Coane and Lingle .I LOVE READING about this years team which is really outstanding in so many events , especially the sprinters.Congrats to all and remember when you get to be 70 like me you will have some great memories.


    • May 13, 2011 9:52 PM

      I’m so happy you are enjoying following this year’s squad Mr. Barnes. My hope with this site was for alums to see their own accolades celebrated while also staying abreast of the current athletes. That an athlete from ’62 can cheer one from ’11 is what makes this site great. Thanks for reading!


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