Blue Devils Win Gold Medals at Dartmouth Relays

Huntington boys' track sparkled at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

January 10, 2017

Kyree Johnson upset Sam Coleman of LaSalle Academy in Rhode Island to claim the 55m dash crown at the 48th annual Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, New Hampshire last weekend.

Johnson sprinted the distance in 6.44 seconds, the third fastest time in New York this winter and one of the best performances in the country in the event.

The Huntington senior won a second gold medal when he ran the anchor leg of the Blue Devils’ 4x400m relay. Mark Rafuse, Lawrence Leake and Shane McGuire handled the earlier legs and Johnson took it from there.

Huntington nipped Danbury, Connecticut at the finish line by 1/100th of a second. The Blue Devil time of 3:26.66 is the second fastest in New York this season. The event drew 27 teams.

“Success only comes from hard work and you can’t work hard without dedication and motivation,” said Johnson, who hopes to reach the state championships this winter in the 55m, 300m and 4x400m relay.

The Blue Devils’ 1600m sprint medley won a silver medal, recording the fourth fastest time in the United States this winter.

Jared Leake, Lawrence Leake, Johnson and McGuire finished second in a field of 35 relay teams spread across six states to win silver medals. Huntington finished 10/100ths of a second behind Trinity, New Hampshire.

The Blue Devils completed the race in 3:36.17, just a fraction of a step behind Trinity, which finished in 3:36.07, giving it the third fastest time in the country this season.

The sprint medley relay features two legs of 200m each, a 400m leg and an 800m leg.

In other action for Huntington:

• Lawrence Leake won a silver medal in the 300m dash, after being nipped by William Gagnon from Quebec City, Canada’s Shawinigan High School by 3/100ths of a second. The Huntington senior was clocked in 35.56 seconds. Blue Devil eighth grader Anthony Joseph (38.54 seconds) took 25th place in the event, which drew 91 competitors.
• Rafuse took ninth place in the 400m run, finishing in a time of 54.42. The event included 44 entries.
• Huntington’s 4x200m relay consisting of Jared Leake, KeiRon Byrams, Brian Pierre and Joseph placed 14th in a field of 30 with a time of 1:38.52.
• McGuire took 34th in a field of 81 in the 1000m run with a time of 2:47.31.
• Sam Bergman tied for 13th place in the seeded shot put with a throw of 43-08.50 feet. Bergman was 35th in weight throw with a toss of 40-08.75 feet.
• Clay Jamison placed 14th in a field of 58 in the unseeded shot put with a throw of 4107.50 feet.

Huntington finished fourth in the team standings with 36 points, trailing only LaSalle Academy and Bishop Hendricken, both of Rhode Island and Danbury, Connecticut.