Spackenkill High School’s Kabongo Barry and Beacon’s Rayvon Grey came away with championships on Saturday on the the second day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field meet at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Barry won the Div. II state title — the first state track title in Spackenkill history — in the 200-meter dash in a school record 21.79, edging out Lourdes’ Jaheim Jones. (22.02).
A day removed from a state title and state high school record, Grey won the Federation long jump title with a leap of 23 feet 10 ½ inches. Teammate and friend Terrel Davis was eighth (20-8 ¼).
Grey also finished third in the Federation triple jump, going a distance of 47-8 3/4.
In the Federation triple jump, Grey finished third (47-8 3/4).
Barry also placed sixth in the Federation 200 (11.08). He finished second in the Div. II 100 in 11.05 seconds. Lourdes’ Jaheim Jones was fifth (11.13).
“(Barry) got nipped in the final of the 100,” Spackenkill coach Stan Garrant said. “I told him to use that anger to win the 200, and he did. He came out strong, came out of the turn in first place and held on to win it.”
Garrant considered Barry’s win as historic.
“Kids go to states, but nobody’s ever won … Not since I started coaching in 2007. (Barry) did a fantastic job (Saturday); he practiced hard and worked hard, and he did what he had to do …Now our goal next year is to win Federation in the 100 and 200.”
Soon Barry will suit up for the football season, a sport he excels in so much that he’s earned quite the appropriate nickname from his teammates. “On offense, they call me ‘The Gingerbread Man,’ and on defense, I’m ‘The Hit Man’ because I lay hits on people.” The junior standout says that, when the dust settles, he just wants to be known as “The Speed Demon” on the football field.
Beacon’s David Adams placed second in the Div. I 110 hurdles in 14.08 and was second in the Federation in 14.26. Champion Infinite Tucker of Huntington on Long Island won in 14.05. Adams did not compete as scheduled in the 400 hurdles.
In the 200 Federation race, Poughkeepsie’s Malik Lewis finished second (21.63), Jones finished third (21.85) and Barry came in sixth (21.93). Lewis also placed second in the Div. I 200 (21.61).
Lourdes’ Caroline Timm finished second in the Div. II girls 1,500 run in 4:32.23.
Haldane’s Theo Henderson placed third (9:30.30) in the Div. II boys 3,000 steeplechase. Red Hook’s Travis Kassner was 13th (10:33.80).
Other athletes compete
The Arlington 3,200 relay team of John Furcick, Joseph Morrison, Reece Ragusa and Eric Sbrollini took fourth in a time of 7:45.90.
“I didn’t expect to see that,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. The coach highlighted the anchor, Morrison, saying “he got us right up in the mix of it, he was pretty darn good. They all delivered the goods. …fourth overall at 7:45 is something special.”
Parish Durham, also of Arlington, cleared 6-4 in the high jump for sixth place, while John Jay’s Matt Goldsmith did not record a height. “I couldn’t be happier with (Durham) and his performance,” Arnett said.
In the pentathalon, Pine Plains’ Dylan Lawless finished eighth, while Pawling’s Brennen Farrell came in 17th overall.
Dylan Scribani of New Paltz cleared 14-0 in the pole vault for 12th place late Friday, while fellow Huguenot Dagi Tadesse went 13-0 for 19th in the event.
Webutuck’s Taylor Edmundson placed 10th in the Div. II girls 2,000 steeplechase (7:35.02).
Haldane’s Abbey Stowell finished 14th in the pentathalon (16.56, 100 hurdles; 1.36 meters, high jump; 9.67, shot put; 4.80 meters, long jump; 2:39.12, 800).