On this day 14 years ago, Justin Song won the 200-meter dash at the renowned St. Anthony’s Invitational.
The senior blazed to a time of 22.5 to top Bay Shore’s Martin (22.7) and Connetquot’s Lingner (22.8) and earn the Bears’ first individual crown at the meet.
Other Stony Brook champions would follow Song’s pioneering lead at the prestigious invite.
On May 7, 2011, the 4x100m relay team of Khoren Lawson, Jon Wentling, Andrew White, and Taylor Colucci ran the fourth-fastest time of the last decade at St. Anthony’s with a mark of 43.07 that broke the school record of 43.34 set in 2007. The Bears finished runner-up that year to Bay Shore (42.96). A year later, Colucci ran the 10th-fastest time at St. Anthony’s in the last decade with a mark of 22.26 on May 4, 2012 that gave him the title. Colucci would add a gold medal in the 100 meters (11.05), helping him earn the meet’s coveted Top Performer Award. On May 7, 2016, Jyles Etienne soared to the top mark of the last decade with a winning leap of 6′ 9″. His mark of 7′ 2.5″ at the 2017 edition of the meet helped him not just retain his crown, but earn the #1 indoor jump in America in 2016-17. Etienne’s astonishing jump earned him the meet’s Top Performer Award.
Song went on to star for Davidson where he ran the third-fastest 400 in school history (48.37) and was a member of the school record 4×400 relay team (3:16.0).