Track & Field: Williams jumps 43-10 for second in county championship

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Kevin Williams placed second in the triple jump Saturday at the county championship.

Riverhead senior Kevin Williams jumped a season-best 43 feet 10 inches in the triple jump to take second place at the Section XI Large School Championship Saturday at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.

Williams, who was seeded fifth in the event, finished behind Omari Buckmire of Bay Shore. He won the event with a top jump of 44-11.

Kevin Chery of Connetquot also jumped 43-10, but Williams was awarded second place based on his next best jump.

Williams was the only Blue Wave to score with a top-six finish. Longwood won the championship with 62 points thanks to a brilliant day from senior Mark Jackson, who won the high jump and 55-dash while taking second in the long jump. He single-handily outscored 16 teams.

The Blue Waves got an unfortunate break in the 300 with junior Jeff Pittman. He ran 37.93 in the preliminaries, but did not advance to the finals because he finished third in his heat. The top two from each heat advance to the finals. However, his time was better than three runners who did make the finals.

Demante Corley of William Floyd won the 300 with a time of 36.47 in the finals.

In the small school championship Shoreham-Wading River finished 11th with 16 points. Senior John Lee was narrowly edged for the title in the 3,200. He finished in 9:38.0, just a fraction behind Ryan Colabella of Hauppauge who ran 9:37.89. It was the best time of the year for both runners.

Lee had a step on Colabella as they rounded the corner for the final 50 meters. With Lee running on the inside lane, Colabella made a move on the outside and surged ahead of Lee at the last moment.

Sophomore Ryan Udvadia was fourth in the event in 9:51.24.

Senior Tyler Keys was fourth in the 1,600 in 2:38.96.

Port Jefferson won the championship.

The next step is the Section XI State Qualifier Feb. 12.

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