BBP Track Captures State Titles

Bayport-Blue Point High School’s boys track team walked away victorious at this year’s New York State Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Middletown High School, with John Antonacci, Jack Flood, Jared Gray, Bailey Imbo and Harry Martin named state champions as well as All-State athletes. Teammates, Chris Stelling and Adam LaFemina were also honored with the title of All-State athlete, based on their performances in the 4x800 meter relay.

To earn the title of All-State athlete, an athlete or relay team must finish in the top six in their class for a particular event. There are two classes in track and field: Division 1 (large school) and Division II (small school).  

“Once again our track program continues to show why we are one of the most coveted programs within the State of New York,” said Timothy Mullins, the district’s director of physical education, health and interscholastic sports.

Gray, who earlier in the year broke the school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.1 seconds, earned his All-State honors in the 200-meter dash.  
Competing in all five pentathlon events (110-meter high hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and the 1,500-meter run) in one day, Flood set a new school record of 3,510 points, earning him a state championship title and the honor of being the New York State Federation pentathlon champion. The federation includes all public high schools (small and large), Catholic schools, private schools and city schools.

With a time of 3:20.93, the 4x400 meter relay team of Antonacci, Gray, Imbo and Martin defended their 2012 Division II championship and once again earned the distinction of being named state champions. Martin came back to split 50.0 seconds, Bailey set a personal best at splitting 49.6 seconds, and Antonacci and Gray clinched the team’s win by running 51.8 and 49.3 seconds, respectively. In the past four years the Phantoms have won three 4x400 meter relay New York State Public High School Division II state championships.  

Earlier in the day, Martin set a school record in the open 800-meter and performed well in the 4x800 meter relay, earning him additional All-State honors. Imbo also ran the 4x800 meter relay, splitting 1:55.7 and setting his personal best.

“These guys have been warriors for four years,” said coach Michael Zafonte, assessing the students’ accomplishments. “There have been ups and downs, but through it all they continued to work through some of the most grueling and demanding workout regimens. I am proud to say that I am their coach.”