Jacob Robinson didn’t have to look far to find the former Riverhead High School record holder in the 400-meter dash.
At Saturday’s Suffolk Officials Meet at Mount Sinai High School, Robinson turned in a school record time of 50.58 seconds, according to coach Steve Gevinski. The Riverhead senior topped the previous best of 50.64 set in 2007 by Will Razzano, Gevinski said.
Razzano happens to be an assistant coach for the Blue Waves.
“It was a lot cooler that it was someone on our team,” Gevinski said.
Razzano ran track at SUNY Cortland after graduating from Riverhead in 2007. He’ll now have to pass the torch as the fasteset 400-meter runner to Robinson.
Robinson’s record run came with a first-place finish, just ahead of East Islip junior Zac Acocella (50.69). McGann-Mercy junior Dale Kelly was third in 51.14.
Gevinski said Robinson’s time was even more impressive considering the wind.
“The wind was pretty brutal out there,” he said. “As the weather warms up he’s going to only get a better and better time. I think he has a great chance of hopefully breaking 50 before the year is over.”
A runner typically needs a sub-50 time in the state qualifier meet to qualify for the state meet, based on results in recent years.
The Blue Waves had several other strong performances Saturday. The team’s 800-meter sprint medley relay team finished second 1:37.79, just behind Bellport (1:37.39). Steven Reid ran the 200 leg, Marcus Reid and Andrew Smith each ran 100 and Luke Coulter ran the 400.
Steven Reid was a second-place finisher in the 100-dash in 11.56. Smith was fourth in the 110-hurdles in 16.75.
Seniors Ethan Greenidge and Troy Trent went 4-5 in the shot put. Greenidge threw 47 feet 5 1/2 inches and Trent threw 46-6. Trent was fifth in the discus with a top mark of 130.
Sophomore Kyle Gevinski, the coaches’ nephew, cleared 11-0 in the pole vault and is a newcomer to the sport.
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz was third in the 800 in 2:00.07.