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Boys’ Track Outpaces Settlers

April 13, 2022
Magnuson in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Tuesday afternoon, the boys’ track team traveled to Southold for a non-league match-up, their first with the Settlers since April 2017, and returned home from the North Fork with a 67-55 win.

Hunter Magnuson won the day’s first event with a 37′ 1.5″ effort in the triple jump as the Bears took an early 5-4 advantage. Nick Zemitis (18′ 7″) and David Song (17′ 8.5″) followed with 1st and 3rd place finishes in the long jump as the Bear lead grew to 11-7, but after Southold took the top two places in the 400 hurdles, they gained 15-11 a lead they would hold for the majority of the afternoon. Troy Meng took 3rd in the 1600 (5:59.3), David Song won the 110 hurdles (18.5), and Eason Pu was 3rd in the 400 (61.5), but Southold netted 20 points over the three events as their advantage swelled to 35-18.

The Brook gained back some ground in the 100 as Zemitis (12.2) and EJ Lamptey (12.3) claimed the top two spots to move the team within 26-36, but Southold nabbed six points in the 800 after Joe Barisic took 2nd (2:20.8) to raise their advantage to 42-29. At a critical juncture in the meet, the Bears swept the 200 behind a trio of strong runs from Tony Ying (25.1), Zachariah Mogambi (25.5), and Magnuson (25.6) to pull within 38-42, but the Settlers took the first two places in the 3200 to extend their edge back to 50-39.

Once again, the Bears responded at a key moment by sweeping both the discus and the high jump behind the efforts of Zemitis (5′ 6″), Song (5′ 0″), and Anthony Zajac (5′ 0″) to take a 57-50 lead heading into the relays.

With 15 total points up for grabs in the three relays, the Bears needed two victories to ensure the win and got just that with wins in the 4×800 and 4×100 to cap the victory. Tim Wan, Max Cao, Jimmy Hu, and Barisic ran to an 11:24 victory in the 4×800 while Ying, Ben Whitney, Ade Adedeji, and Magnuson paced the field in the 4×100 in 48.5.

The Bears are back on the track on Friday, April 22 when they host the PSAA in the season’s first developmental meet.

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