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Etienne Soars as Track Trounces Greenport

April 13, 2015

April 1st was cold and windy; not a day ideally suited to begin the 92nd season of Stony Brook Track. Despite the early spring chill, there were several notable performances including one from Jyles Etienne, who soared over the high jump bar like few before him in Stony Brook history. Etienne’s heroics helped lead the Bears to a 76-56 win over Greenport.

Etienne, a 6’5″ sophomore, put on a show in the high jump, despite his inexperience and less than ideal conditions. He glided effortlessly over the opening height of 4’9″ then replicated easy flops over 5’0″, 5’2″, 5’4″, 5’6″, and 5’8″. After clearing 5’8″ he was asked by a coach what his personal record was and he responded that he did not know, which made what followed all the more remarkable. He cleared 5’10” without missing a jump and followed that with a leap over 6’0″ to become the first Stony Brook jumper to do so in a meet since Kai Strachan in 2011. He followed with two missed attempts at 6’2″, but found an extra bit of power on his third and final attempt to become the first to jump over 6’2″ in at least 15 years, and potentially longer. As the sun began to dip below the horizon, he attacked the height of 6’4″ but after victories in the discus (105′ 10″) and the triple jump (39′ 7.5″) and anchoring a win in the 4×400 relay, his legs did not quite have enough, though he made several tantalizing attempts. By the end of Etienne’s Air Show a crowd of some fifty runners and coaches had assembled, roaring as he continued to climb ever upward, adding a bit of needed adrenaline to a chilly evening. Etienne is now just 2.75″ shy of the record set by Bernard Mumo in 1965.

Michael Haynes was also a multiple-victor for the Brook, taking the top slot in the 110 meter hurdles (19.5) and the long jump (18′ 1.5″). Austin Amadio won two events on the day on the day as well in the 100 meter dash (11.9) and 200 meter dash (25.1). Caleb Rudzitis, in the 400 meter dash (56.2), was the Bears’ other individual winner.

The Brook also took two of the three relays as Amadio, Rudzitis, Haynes, and Prosper Ezi took first in the 4×100 (50.3) and Chikwem Ihekweazu, Harry Zhu, Nick Davis, and Etienne earned an uncontested victory in the 4×400 (5:16.3).

The Bears will next face Mercy at home on Thursday, April 16th.

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