Johnson, Tucker Set Best Times In Country

Huntington High School’s Kyree Johnson runs the 300-meter dash at the Molloy Stanner Games in Manhattan last weekend. He finished in 34.03 seconds, which is the best time in the county this winter season, and a new Suffolk record.

Huntington High School’s Kyree Johnson runs the 300-meter dash at the Molloy Stanner Games in Manhattan last weekend. He finished in 34.03 seconds, which is the best time in the county this winter season, and a new Suffolk record.

Huntington High School’s Kyree Johnson and Infinite Tucker are pretty fast.

At the Molloy Stanner Games in Manhattan last weekend, both Blue Devils set the top times in the country this winter season in their respective events.

Johnson won the 300-meter dash in 34.03 seconds, the top time in the country this season, and also a new Suffolk record.

Tucker jetted to a 1:20.54 mark in the 600-meter run, which the fastest time in the country this season.

“When it was announced that both Infinite and Kyree had No. 1 times in the country, the entire crowd in the arena gave these young men a standing ovation,” said Ron Wilson, head coach of the Blue Devils’ boys winter track team. “It was quite a tribute to two great athletes.”

Huntington’s Lawrence Leake also shined at the Molloy Stanner Games, which were hosted at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.

Leake finished second to Johnson in the 300-meter dash with a time of 34.65 seconds, the fourth -best time in the country this season.

In other action for the Blue Devils:

• In the 4x800-meter relay, Huntington trackmen Kyle O’Brien, Mark Rafuse, Tom Kopstein and Shane McGuire continued to cut their time in the event, finishing 10th in a field of 31 with a time of 8:25.24.

• In the 1000-meter run, McGuire placed ninth among 156 runners with a time of 2:37.48.

• In the 1600-meter run, O’Brien placed 24th out of 156 competitors, finishing with a time of 4:41.04.

• Newburgh Free Academy (1:29.14) nipped Huntington’s 4x200-meter relay (1:29.81) at the finish line.

• In the 55-meter hurdles, Exzayvian Crowell turned in a time of 8.01 seconds in the preliminary heat to advance to the finals. There, the senior finished fifth with a time of 8.04 seconds. There were 74 competitors in the event.

• Tasean Betts finished 25th in a field of 75 in the varsity shot put division with a throw of 40-02.00 feet.

• Amaru Jones placed ninth in the shot put’s invitational division with a toss of 47-09.00 feet.