Track News From Suffolk Championships

Jacob Kahrs winning the 3200-meter, and Triple Jump star Avery McKenzie. (Photo Credit of Jacob Kahrs: Alan J Schaefer for Newsday)
Jacob Kahrs winning the 3200-meter, and Triple Jump star Avery McKenzie. (Photo Credit of Jacob Kahrs: Alan J Schaefer for Newsday)

As sports records go, new ones are made every day, only to be broken again and again.  So when Whitman track star Avery McKenzie triple jumped 44’ 9” this past week at the Suffolk County Division Track and Field Championships, the fact that it earned him the bronze medal in Division 1 wasn’t the highlight. 

The highlight, we learned from track coach Rob Conroy, is that Avery’s jump was the best by a Whitman athlete since Hall-of-Famer Carlton Rowe. Carlton set the Indoor Triple Jump Record of 45’ 10.75” in 1993 and went on to become the Outdoor National Triple Jump Champion in 1995. 

Congratulations Avery McKenzie, you’re catching up to one of Whitman’s greatest athletes.

In other top 10 finishers from the County Championships, Jacob Kahrs won the 3200-meter unseeded run in 9:57.89.

In the 800 Meter Run, Shamar Powell took 2nd, turning in a time of 1:54.15.

In the 1600 Meter Run, Shamar Powell took 3rd with a time of 4:23.04 and Chad Maier took 5th with a time of 4:24.55.

In the 3200 – Meter run Chad Maier took 2nd place with a time of 9:25.83.

In the 3000-meter Steeplechase Jacob Kahrs took 3rd place at 9:58.93.

In the Boys High Jump, Savien Roberts jumped 5-06.00 for a 10th place finish.

In the Boys Long Jump, Avery McKenzie jumped 20-07.00 for a 10th place finish.

The Boys 4x800 Meter Relay team (listed below) took 10th place with a time of 8:25.23.   (Josh Roiland, Chad Maier, Jon Sparling, Jordyn Guerrero, Jacob Kahrs, and Shamar Powell)

Congratulations Whitman's Boys Track & Field!