Huntington High School physical education Jamie Fishlow paced a 14 student-strong Blue Devil team in the Town of Huntington Triathlon at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport. The contingent turned in a sensational set of performances.
Billed as “one of Long Island’s finest races,” the competition featured a 750 meter open water swim in the Long Island Sound, a 9.8 mile bike ride through scenic surrounding neighborhoods and a 3.3 mile run along the streets of Northport, with uphill and downhill segments.
“We had a great turnout,” said Mr. Fishlow, who is entering his final year of teaching at the high school. He plans to retire in June 2017, but will continue coaching the boys’ and girls’ varsity tennis teams.
“It was a great day and the kids all had an awesome time,” Mr. Fishlow said. “I was very proud of all of them because they all worked hard, performed great and woke up early to race that morning. It was nice having my students do something that I love to do and I am already looking forward to next year.”
Two students competed individually while a dozen vied on relay teams. Many Huntington High School alumni were also among the more than 325 competitors that suited up.
Kyle O’Brien finished second in the men’s 14-18 year old division while fellow Class of 2016 member Max Polster placed fifth.
Huntington student-athletes swept the top four places in the high school relay division:
• Miranda Nykolyn, Emily Shutman and Marina Ruzic finished first.
• Hannah Bailin, Haley Mortell and Hadley Clayton placed second.
• Dawson Wallace, Nick Lanzisero and Stefano Ornato finished third.
• Abby Bellistri, Cloe Stevens and Louise Koepele placed fourth.
Mr. Fishlow is an experienced triathlete. He was also in the field at Crab Meadow, winning his age division and finishing 24th out of 203 men and 25th among the 311 athletes that completed the triathlon.