A Dozen Teams Participate in Debut Falcons Track Invitational

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The high school hosted the debut Deer Park Falcons Track Invitational on May 17 on its brand-new track facility, featuring participation by seven girls teams and five boys teams from Suffolk County. Events ranged from the 100-meter dash and 3,200-meter race to pole vault, high jump, long/triple jump and various throwing competitions.

“This was a huge event for both the boys and girls track programs at Deer Park, as it was the first time we hosted a large invitational,” said Tom Brouillard, boys track and field coach. “Our athletes represented Deer Park with pride, and I know I speak on behalf of girls head coach Jim Petti as well in saying that we are very proud of all our runners. This is an event we will look to build on and, hopefully in the future, turn it into one of the more popular track invitationals in Suffolk County.”
 
The girls team took home the second-place title, while the boys team earned third place. Several Deer Park athletes won their respective events or were named runners-up. In notable boys performances, Justin Rivera won the 400-meter hurdles, Alvin Sime won the 3,200-meter race, and the boys 4x400 relay team came in second. On the girls team, Victoria Major won the 400-meter dash, Chiamaka Arinze came in second in shot put, and the girls 4x400 meter relay and sprint medley relay teams both earned second place.