On Thursday afternoon, the boys’ track team edged Mattituck in a thriller, 69-67, thanks to a total team effort and some late relay heroics.
Heading into the three relay events, the final three events of any dual track meet, the Bears led 64-57, needing one relay win to ensure a meet victory. The 4×400 team of Louis Wang, Josh Lin, Harrison Plhak, and Riley Corcoran got the job done, edging the Tuckers in a tight race to win in a time of 3:51.6.
Louis Wang and Colin Scanlon each won multiple events to lead the Brook, Eji Mbanefo had the best performance of his career with a 100 victory and a 2nd place finish in the 200, and Pavel Portnoy earned a huge personal record to grab what proved to be a crucial point with a 3rd place finish in the 3200.
The Bears are back on the track on Wednesday in a home match-up with the Ross School.
On Thursday, Justin Lake was asked to compete in three events and a relay. He brought Mattituck 15 points with his victories in the three individual events, but it wasn’t enough as visiting Stony Brook pulled out the Suffolk County League VIII dual meet, 69-67.
“We didn’t see a lot of their times online, so we didn’t really know what to expect,” Lake said. “We were expecting the worst, but hoping [for] the best. We knew we had to show up and perform.”
Mattituck (1-3, 1-3) needed to sweep the three relays in order to prevail. That didn’t happen, although wins by Mattituck’s 4×800 relay team and 4×100 relay team made things interesting.
“I put the loss on myself as a coach,” Ocker said. “I shuffled the deck and tried to put kids in certain events to give ourselves the best chance to win and I think if I would have put certain runners in different events, we might have scratched out a couple more points and pulled out a victory, but that’s how it goes.”
~ The Suffolk Times
- 1st: Eji Mbanefo – 11.9
- 2nd: Steve Zhou – 12.3
- 2nd: Colin Scanlon – 18.1
- 3rd: William Wang – 20.4
- 1st: Louis Wang – 25.1
- 2nd: Eji Mbanefo – 25.7
- 1st: Louis Wang – 54.2
- 3rd: Riley Corcoran – 57.4
- 2nd: Colin Scanlon – 63.2
- 3rd: Harrison Plhak – 69.9
- 1st: Josh Lin – 2:20.1
- 3rd: David Yoo – 2:31.5
- 2nd: Riley Corcoran – 5:10.9
- 3rd: Pieter van Zeijts – 5:19.2
- 3rd: Pavel Portnoy – 11:44.3
- 1st: Wang, Lin, Plhak & Corcoran – 3:51.6
- 1st: Colin Scanlon – 5′ 2″
- 1st – Colin Scanlon – 17′ 4″
- 2nd – Eji Mbanefo – 16′ 0″
- 3rd – Steve Zhou – 15′ 0″
- 2nd: Steve Zhou – 34′ 3″
- 3rd: William Wang – 33′ 8″
- 2nd: Anthony Minyard – 73′ 9″
- 3rd: Pieter van Zeijts – 73′ 4″
- 3rd: Anthony Minyard – 30′ 4.5″