Competition Sparks Top Performances at Track Invitational


Seventeen Long Island boys and girls teams competed at at the third annual co-ed Deer Park Falcons Track Invitational, hosted on May 14.

Notable performances for Deer Park’s boys team included Nick Fenton, who won the 1,600-meter race, and senior Joe Curry, who finished third overall in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Both the 4x800-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams earned second place.

For the girls team, captain Victoria Major won the high jump, Lynne Gbadamosi won the shot put throw, Anna Ranni won the 1,500-meter race walk, Ariel McDermott came in second in the 1,500-meter run and the 4x800-meter relay finished second overall.

Daniel Claxton of Smithtown East jumped 6 feet 10 inches in the high jump, the best high jump in New York State for the entire spring 2016 season.

“Both the boys and girls track teams made Deer Park proud today, not only in the way they peformed, but also in the way they represented themselves as the host program,” said Tom Brouillard, boys track and field coach. “Many Deer Park runners had season-best performances. This was complimented by some of the best competition in the state, as we saw with Daniel Claxton of Smithtown East in the high jump, for example. I am confident my girls team counterpart Jim Petti would agree that this was the most successful installment of our invitational yet.”