Historic Day at County Track Championships

14 Ivy League Championships.

20 League VII and VIII Championships.

A Suffolk County Championship.

Countless individual champions at the League, Conference, County, and State levels.

The boys’ and girls’ track and field programs at Stony Brook has been as strong as any other in the 89-year history of the Blue and White. This afternoon, yet another exciting chapter was written into our illustrious annals at the boys’ and girls’ Section XI Championships.

The day began with the 100 meters where Khoren Lawson, Taylor Colucci, and Andrew White secured the top three seeds in Class B. In a display of speed rarely seen before, the trio of Bears held true to their seeds, sweeping the top three spots in Class B as Colucci repeated as the individual County Champion. Colucci’s 11.21 was good enough to qualify for the overall County Championship tomorrow afternoon, while Lawson’s 11.31 left him out of the final by a single place. White crossed the finish line in 11.79. Both Lawson and Colucci had already hit the state qualifying mark for the state meet held in Rochester next weekend prior to today’s race.

100 Meters Overall Results

1.Dayne SavoryBay Shore10.99
2.Abdias MyrtilHalf Hollow Hills West11.01
3.Mark JacksonLongwood11.15
4.Taylor ColucciStony Brook11.21
5.Jarrick AmbroseCopiague11.24
5.Ian BrownAmityville11.24
7.Ramone HendersonMiddle Country11.27
8.Shevron BartholemueMiddle Country11.29
9.Khoren LawsonStony Brook11.31
10.Connor CraneBay Shore11.49

The boys had little time to enjoy their historic run as they almost immediately began warming up for the 200 meters where they also had the top three seeds in hand at the starting line. Again the boys swiped the top three spots in the class as Lawson and Colucci qualified for the finals tomorrow where the Class B County Title will be decided between them. Additionally, our three speed demons placed themselves among the top ten in all of Suffolk County while Lawson and Colucci each easily met the state qualifying standard of 22.94.

200 Meters Overall Results

1.Todd ColasBrentwood21.98
2.Dan McCordHalf Hollow Hills Wesr22.20
3.Khoren LawsonStony Brook22.41
4.Taylor ColucciStony Brook22.55
5.Dayne SavoryBay Shore22.56
6.Jarrick AmbroseCopiague22.69
7.Shevron BartholemueMiddle Country22.77
8.Ramone HendersonMiddle Country22.88
9.Morgan GenoinoSachem East23.01
10.Andrew WhiteStony Brook23.16

In other individual events, Jon Wentling ran his season best FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) time in 53.10 to finish 2nd in Class B. seventh-grader Rebecca Hollis ran her personal best in the 400 meters in 63.20 to place 3rd in Class B, despite forgetting to take her inhaler before the race. She came back in the 400 meter hurdles and nearly outdid her own school record, charging to a 70.39 to place 3rd in the class. Rounding out the individual performances, Margot Rashba ran 11:50.35 in the 3000 meter run to finish in 2nd in the class.

It had already been a memorable day and a Class B County Championship in the 4×100 meter relay seemed like a perfect way to bring it to a close. The boys had not run together in a month, the warm afternoon sun had given way to a cool evening breeze from Port Jefferson Harbor, and the order of the four runners had been altered–a seemingly inconsequential change that can greatly affect the of the handoffs. There was no reason to believe the boys would run an exceptional time, because they did not have to; they could cruise through the race and still beat intra-class foes Wyandanch and Center Moriches by a full second. However, when “Stony Brook” is emblazoned across your chest, a little more is demanded of you.

White ran the opening leg and, despite standing up out of the blocks a bit too quickly, ran strongly in his first time running leadoff. Colucci tore up the backstretch after receiving the baton and was in the lead when he gave it Wentling who ran step-for-step with Longwood’s third man, prompting the announcer of the meet to exclaim, “Here comes Stony Brook!” As Wentling gave way to Lawson, our newly minted anchor, the excitement of the crowd rose to a crescendo, echoed by the announcer who excitedly yelled, “Stony Brook!  Stony Brook!,” as Lawson thundered down the homestretch. Our beloved Jamaican rewarded the cheers from the crowd as he held off the speedy Mark Jackson of Longwood to help the team take first in the heat and second overall in the meet heading into tomorrow’s overall County Championship. Carl Lawson, the great Jamaican sprinter from the early 1970s, had to be pleased with what he saw from his son.

The fastest quad in Stony Brook brushed aside the many hindrances before them and rewrote the history books for the second time in as many races, becoming the first team in school history to run below the 43 second barrier in 42.96. The time also equaled Bay Shore’s mark set earlier this season, tying them for the second best time run in all of Suffolk County this season. After their time flashed across the scoreboard the boys shouted and hugged in disbelief of what they had accomplished together.

4×100 Meter Relay Overall Results

1.Half Hollow Hills West42.43
2.Stony Brook42.96
3.Longwood43.01
4.Middle Country43.18
5.Brentwood43.30
6.Bay Shore43.49
7.William Floyd43.72
8.Connetquot43.87
9.Central Islip44.12
10.Walt Whitman44.67

It was a near perfect afternoon. The weather was gorgeous (call it reparations for an abysmal spring), the Bears ran well, and most importantly there was a palpable feeling of satisfaction among the happy few still competing after the completion of the school year. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as enjoyable.

Here comes Stony Brook!… Stony Brook!… Stony Brook!… Stony Brook!

~ Meet announcer during the 4×100 relay

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2 comments

  1. A great season and County Meet, I wish I have could been there to see it but the pictures were excellent. Wain Barnes age 70

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    • Thank you Mr. Barnes! The boys are happy to do you proud and the best may still be yet to come with Day 2 of Counties tomorrow, States next weekend and Nationals in two weekends in North Carolina.

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