Highlights from 2016
The 49th Annual Loucks Games was a meet filled with great performances. North Rockland (NY) won the combined title (56 points) followed in order by New Rochelle (47), Windsor (47), Saratoga Springs (39) and Cambridge Rindge & Latin of Massachusetts (38).
The Men’s’ title went to Huntington (LI), with 49 points, followed by Beacon, NY (38), Saratoga Springs (29) Hackley (24), Newburgh (23) and Windsor (23).
For the Women, Paul Robeson (Brooklyn) topped the field with 62 points. North Rockland had 51 for second, while New Rochelle (37), Cambridge (30) and Windsor (24) followed.
There were several outstanding individuals. Alyssa Sandy (Paul Robeson) set a meet record in the 100 meter hurdles – 13.83. She then won the 400 hurdles in 60.73. She was named as the winner of the Doc Blandford Outstanding Woman Runner. Sammy Watson (Rush Henrietta) was also a double winner, winning Friday’s 800 meters (2:06.61) and Saturday’s 400 meters (53.48). Alex Harris (North Rockland) defended her steeplechase title (6:52.22). She was also part of the Thursday evening DMR team which set a new meet record - 11:39.49. In an outstanding battle in the Loucks Mile, Maegan Doody (Oyster River, NH) defeated Jessica Drop (Coginchaug, CT) 4:51.44 to 4:52.23. The Outstanding Field Athlete (the Daniel Woodard Award) was Brianna Duncan of Cambridge Rindge & Latin, winner of the Long Jump (20’ 0”) and the Triple Jump (38’ 11”).
There were many outstanding performances for the men, led by the entire field of the 3200 meters, a race in which eleven (11) athletes broke the 9:00 barrier (the event was won by Noah Affolder (Carthage, NY) with an outstanding 8:47.60-effort. In the race La Salle (RI) had three athletes under that magical barrier). Second in the race was Saratoga Springs’ Aidan Tooker, who, on Saturday, followed his 8:49.27 time, with a winning time of 4:10.57 in the Loucks Mile. The winner of the Edwin Kehe Outstanding Men’s Runner was Huntington (LI)’s Infinte Tucker who won the high hurdles (14.53), the 400 hurdles (52.77) and anchored the winning 4 x 400. For the second straight year Beacon’s Rayvon Grey won the Long Jump (23’ 6”) and Triple Jump (49’ 1.25”). He was named winner of the Henry J. McWhinnie Outstanding Field Award. Another double winner in the field was Andrew Cannistraci of Iona Prep won the Shot Put (56’ 7.5”) and the Discus (173’ 6’).