This afternoon, Colin Scanlon closed the 97th year of Stony Brook Athletics with a crescendo by breaking the 400 hurdle school record, winning his heat, and placing 6th overall at the NYSPHSAA Federation Track & Field Championships.
The speedy sophomore paced the field in the second heat of Division II, turning in a time of 55.68, smashing his personal best of 56.81 by over a second and besting the school record mark of 56.80 set by Luke Conti in 1996. In doing so, he jumped four spots from his 10th place seed heading into the race and finished 6th overall in Division II.
Scanlon broke from the blocks cleanly and had the lead by the third hurdle. As he powered down the backstretch he extended his lead over the fourth and fifth barriers. Rounding the final turn, Sherburne’s Owen Rodriguez out of lane 2 made up ground and moved into a stride-for-stride cadence with Scanlon before taking a slight edge over the penultimate hurdle. Barreling down the homestretch, the pair were deadlocked over the final hurdle, but Scanlon proved tougher over the final 40 meters to edge Rodriguez.
His 55.68 mark is not only the best ever run by a Stony Brook hurdler, but slots him on some impressive rankings:
- #84 in U.S.
- #26 in New York
- #4 sophomore in U.S.
- #2 sophomore in New York
Division II 400m Hurdle Top 10 Results
|3.||Nate Oczkowski||New Hartford||55.05|
|6.||Colin Scanlon||Stony Brook||55.68|
Sophomore 400 Hurdle Top 5 National Rankings
|1.||Joshua Peron||Frontier Central, NY||54.22|
|2.||Joseph Morrone||St. Peter’s Prep, NJ||55.36|
|3.||DJ Robinson||May River, SC||55.38|
|4.||Colin Scanlon||Stony Brook, NY||55.68|
|5.||Peter Fischer||Harrison, NY||55.72|