Kyree Johnson isn’t missing a beat, even though he is without beloved teammate Infinite Tucker, who graduated last June and is already winning fans at Texas A&M.
Johnson won county, state and national indoor and outdoor titles last year as a Huntington High School junior and he’s already well on his way to another stellar campaign with the Blue Devils.
The Huntington boys’ track and field indoor team’s season kicked off last week with a crossover meet between different leagues and a trip to Staten Island for an invitational against some of the best from the metropolitan area.
The Nassau County Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex drew hundreds of athletes from a long list of high schools. Johnson won two events in impressive fashion, leaving competitors and opposing coaches speechless.
The Blue Devil star bested a field of 255 in the 55m dash with a blistering performance that saw Johnson cross the finish line in 6.52 seconds. He followed that up by winning the 300m run in 34.65 seconds, easily eclipsing the field of 256 runners.
“Kyree was really splendid on Saturday,” said Ronald Wilson, Huntington’s head coach. “He’s working hard and already looking sharp. Infinite really pushed him last year and he’s going through an adjustment not having him on the team, but so far he’s doing just great.”
Junior Clay Jamison finished fifth among 91 competitors in shot put with a toss of 40-02.50 feet. Will Newtown placed eighth in the event with a throw of 39-01.00 feet. Jamison also took 11th place in the weight throw with his best effort being measured at 32-09.50 feet.
Many of Huntington’s top performers were unable to make the trip and compete. The teenagers were taking the ACT.
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Huntington opened its season earlier in the week at Suffolk-West in Brentwood. The crossover meet saw the Blue Devils notch several outstanding performances.
Johnson won the 55m dash in 6.43 seconds and captured the long jump with a leap of 22-10.00 feet, edging teammate Lawrence Leake who jumped 21-08.25.
Leake went on to win the 600m run in an exciting finish. The Huntington senior nipped Hauppauge junior Nick Crociata by 14/100ths of a second with a time of 1:24.31.
The 4 x 200m relay team of Johnson, Leake, Kei Ron Byrams and Jared Leake finished first in the exceptional time of 1:34.31 seconds.
Sam Bergman (43-00.50), Clay Jamison (41-00.00), William Newton (40-07.00) and Shateek Parler (38-11.00) were all strong in shot put.
Shane McGuire finished third in the 1000m run in 2:46. “He was tripped up in final 20 meters of the race,” Wilson said. “Our 4 x 400m B-team relay of Brian Pierre, Arkim Pierre, Will Vollack and McGuire placed second in 3:51.” Freshman Brendan Roller was 14th in the 3200m run in a time of 11:38.04.
Huntington also saw some sensational efforts by a cast of newcomers. “We were quite pleased with some of our underclassmen’s performances,” Wilson said. Eighth grade sensations Nasir Youngblood and Anthony Joseph finished the 55m dash in 7.20 seconds and 7.47 seconds, respectively.
Eighth grade distance runners Isaiah James and Aidan Heller also ran well in their high school track debuts. James was impressive in the 1000m run, finishing in 3:11. Heller was timed at 12:29 in the 3200m run.
Huntington will be back on the track again on Friday at the St. Anthony’s High School Christmas Classic.