Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
On Monday, May 14, the Manhasset Boys Varsity Track and Field team dominated the middle distance and distance events to defeat conference rival Lynbrook en route to a second place finish at the Division 3B Championships held at Floral Park Memorial High School. Along the way to accumulating over 100 points, the Indians took home three individual Divisional titles and 13 individual All-Division honors.
Leading the way were junior middle distance standout Travis Burger and junior distance runner Stephen Bourguet, each of whom scored in multiple events. Burger continued his strong season in the 400m intermediate hurdles, taking home the Divisional title. Burger, currently ranked fifth in Nassau County in the event, posted a personal best of 57.2 at the Glen Loucks Games in White Plains, NY earlier this spring.
Burger would later join Bourguet as the class of the field in the 800m as well. The two captains led the race from wire to wire, with Bourguet just edging out Burger for the Divisional title, as both athletes earned their second All-Division accolade of the afternoon. Burger went on to anchor Manhasset’s 4x400m relay (joined by Taquan Thomas, Charlie Morris, and Jeffrey Nan) to another Divisional title, while Bourguet (with Matt Ferrone, Matt Tam, and Carter Paterson) helped lead the 4x800m relay to a second place finish. Earlier, Bourguet cruised to an easy victory in the 1600m, running unchallenged from the start. The junior distance runner, coming off stellar cross country and indoor track seasons, has added “elite miler” to his résumé this spring, as his 4:21 places him atop the Section VIII leader board.
Burger and Bourguet were not the only distance runners to put together outstanding performances at the divisional meet. Senior Charlie Morris, Division Champion in the 4x400m relay, also scored in the 1600m and 3200m while junior Mark Chouryguin took All-Division honors in the 1600m (4:48) and scored in the 3200m as well. Juniors Jeffrey Nan and Matthew Tam and sophomores Brad Spilka and Matthew Weilep also contributed to the scoring for Manhasset. Nan ran a personal best of 2:10 in the 800m and then returned to run a leg of the Championship 4x400m relay. Tam, who arrived late after completing an Advanced Placement exam, helped the Indians to score in not one but two relay events; coming right back after his 4x800m leg to a anchor the 4x100m relay (with Gabriel Hodges, Brad Spilka, and Benji Marcus) to a third place finish.
Weilep, whose personal best of 10:28 earned him second place and All-Division honors in the 3200m, has emerged as a strong threat in the distance events. The sophomore has demonstrated significant improvement in both the 1600m (4:55) and 3200m this season, while also taking on a new challenge–the daunting 3000m Steeplechase. Brad Spilka posted a personal best in the 400m intermediate hurdles (64.8) in only his third time competing in the event, helping to overcome the notable absences of Manhasset’s top two hurdlers, Kevin Li and Matthew Wilshere, who were unable to participate. The Indian attack, however, was not limited to the track.
Manhasset also got some help in the throwing events, as sophomore Mike Yuan has begun to find his stride after getting a late start this season. Yuan, who holds a personal best of over 42’ in the shot put, heaved the steel ball over 39’ to earn third place and All-Division honors. Yuan also earned All-Division honors in the Discus, finishing in second place with a throw of 107’10.” Freshman distance runner, Carter Paterson also found Manhasset a point in the triple jump (TJ), as his leap of 33’9½” was good for sixth place. Paterson, better known for his expertise in the distance events, has showed steady progress in the TJ, despite little training for the event.