Phenomenal. Beacon High School senior Rayvon Grey has earned any superlative his coach Jim Henry could possibly dole out.
On Friday, the track and field standout broke the state long jump record, a mark that stood for 51 years, soaring 25-feet, 4 3/4 inches winning his second straight state title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Teammate and friend Terrel Davis placed second (23-5 3/4) among Div. I public high school competitors.
Bob Beamon, a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame set the previous record at 25-3 1/2 in 1965. Beamon went on to set a world record in the 1968 Olympic Games (8.9 meters or 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches), a record that, like this one, was also eventually broken.
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Grey was a little tired (he placed second in the triple jump preliminaries at 49-1 3/4 earlier in the day). He was also a little banged up.
“I tweaked my ankle during the triple jump,” Grey admitted. “I collapsed over it and had to ice it, so I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to (compete), but I’m happy it worked out for me.
“It was a great feeling, and it was my goal going into the meet. I was focused and it helped to have everyone supporting me. The crowds and officials, everyone was helping me out and rooting for me.”
His coach, per usual, was impressed.
“He had easily the best series he’s ever had,” Henry said of Grey’s performance. “He was very consistent on the board.”
Barry and Jones neck and neck in the 100 and 200
Spackenkill’s Kabongo Barry and Our Lady of Lourdes’ Jaheim Jones are seeded first and second for Saturday’s Division II 100-meter dash final with Barry (10.813 seconds) edging Jones (10.815) by two-thousandths of a second.
Barry and Jones were almost as close in the 200 preliminaries, with Barry in first (22.06) and Jones taking second (22.30).
Beacon’s David Adams took Saturday’s first seed in the Division I 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.05, and Arlington’s Ogemdi Chukwu came in 14th (15.51) in the event. Adams also took sixth in the 400 hurdles (54.67).
Poughkeepsie’s Malik Lewis is seeded first in the Division I 200. Lewis finished 17th in the 100 (11.08).
Kaplan, Timm lead local girls
In girls competition, Samantha Kaplan of New Paltz placed second in the Division II girls pole vault (10-6), Fellow Huguenot Morgane Kuyl finished eighth in in the 400-hurdles (1:07.30) and 12th in the 100-hurdles (15.99).
Caroline Timm of Lourdes finished sixth in the Div. II 800 (2:13.57).
Other local results
In boys competition, Zachary Ropes of Lourdes placed fourth in Division II in the 800 (1:55.60). New Paltz’s Eric Macaluso took ninth in the Division II 400 (50.23). Kevin McMorrow of Dover took 14th in Division II in the 3,200 in a time of 10:05.73.
The New Paltz quartet of Tajay Pearce, Matt Kanan, Mike Pisciotta and Macaluso finished eighth in the 400 relay (44.47), while the Poughkeepsie team of Maurice Thomas, Trevon Reid, Shanric McFarlane and Lewis took 13th (43.36) in the Division I 400 relay
The New Paltz team of Pearce, Grant Harlow, Macaluso and Mike Krebs placed fifth in the 1,600 relay (3:27.66).
Dover’s Mathius Martin took ninth in the shot put in Division II (48-3 ¼), while fellow Dragon Tyler Belcher finished 11th in the discus (131-4).
Dylan Lawless of Pine Plains is in fifth in the pentathalon entering Saturday and Pawling’s Brennen Farrell is in 26th.
In girls competition, New Paltz’s Kaela Santos finished seventh in the girls discus (112-01), while teammate Jordan Nagel took 17th in in the 3,000 (11:18.73).
Abbey Stowell of Haldane is in fourth place in the pentathalon entering Saturday.
Rhinebeck’s Stephanie Cassens finished eighth in the Division II 400 (59.48), and contributed to the Hawks’ 1,600 relay team’s sixth-place finish (4:04.93), a squad also comprised of Maggie Bennett, Daisy Gadsby and Elise Voorhis.
Dover’s Jennifer Joseph finished 12th in the Division II long jump (16-3 ½), while teammate Kristin Butts took 13th in the 200 (27.05).
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