While there might not be much track going on in New York State, there is plenty of history to pore through. In our time off, we are looking to revisit all of the State Records for the Outdoor Season. Who these athletes were, where their marks came from, and where are they now. We're releasing "Snapshots Of A State Record," where you can learn what it takes, to put your mark on history. Tune in!
We are now into the abridged version of the Snapshots as we get to more recent records. We look here at a record from back in 2015. Enjoy!
- - - The Loucks Games of 2015 had a huge amount of elite feats, including Rush-Henrietta's Sammy Watson running to triple gold in the 400m, 800m, and 4x400m and Beacon's Rayvon Grey going 24-9.75 in the long jump. But if their is one iconic race for Loucks 2015, it has to be the boys 3200m classic. Northport's Mikey Brannigan was boxed in entering the final lap and he led the highly competitive race for only the last 200m, but his final blast away that carried him home in a state record 8:42.92 was one for the ages. Ten runners finished up in under 9 minutes. That's an impressive pack of guys, especially when you consider that only the winner finished in under 9 minutes in the NBON Nationals 2 mile championship in 2015. Alex Ostberg of Darien CT set a fast pace as the leader for most of the race and finished 2nd at 8:43.93, and Eli Moskowitz of Souhegan NH set a 25-second PR while finishing 3rd at 8:44.79. Others in the storied Gang of Ten Under 9 included Greenwich's Jeremy Spezio, Saratoga's Aidan Tooker, Xavier's John Rice, Fordham Prep's Conor Lundy, John Salisbury of La Salle RI, Alex Corbett of Lake Braddock VA, and Matthew Bouthilette of La Salle. The eleventh guy in at 9:00.31 was La Salle sophomore David Principe who at the 2017 NBIN would clock an 8:44.27 at the 3200m mark of the 2 Mile. Liverpool's Ben Petrella was 13th in the race, and he would go on to win at States in XC in 2015 and the outdoor 3200m in 2016. Following the race, Brannigan had an extremely joyful victory lap, the last bit of which we got recorded.
Brannigan broke the state record set by Josh McDougal, home schooler from Peru, who finished 2nd in the 2 Mile at the 2004 Adidas Outdoor Championship. McDougal's time of 8:48.11 converts to about an 8:45.05 for the 3200m.