William Floyd dominates at Section XI state qualifiers


William Floyd boys varsity winter track had a tremendous showing last week at the Section XI State Qualifier Meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Three talented Colonials finished at or near the top of their events, and as a result will be competing in the New York State Track & Field Championships on March 2 at the Ocean Breeze Sports Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.

Joshua Jordan was the Suffolk County champion in the 55-meter dash—running a personal-best time of 6.44. Joshua’s record-setting time stacks up with some of the best runners in the state. Head coach Ed Noll said he is very confident heading into the state meet and expects to have a podium finish. Congratulations, Joshua!

Tyri Hubbard placed second in the high jump—posting a personal-best jump of 6 feet, 2 inches, qualifying him for the state meet as well. Congratulations, Tyri, and best of luck at states!

Matteo Higueros finished fourth in the 600-meter race and ran a time only one second off the William Floyd record. Matteo’s podium finish earned him a spot in the state meet as part of the intersectional relay team. This performance also earned him all-county honors. Congratulations, Matteo!

“All the boys have put in a tremendous amount of work to reach these goals and have made William Floyd very proud,” said Coach Noll. “The training elements of winter track make the season an absolute grind, so it is always impressive to see these guys train day in and day out in harsh conditions with the goal in mind of making the Suffolk County/New York State track team. Their training will continue and I am excited as a coach to see what they can do at the state championships!”

Girls State Qualifier

Zariel Macchia won first place in two events: the girls’ 3,000-meter run with a time of 9 minutes and 51.61 seconds, a new state qualifier meet record; and the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:53.92. She will compete in the New York State Track & Field Championships in Staten Island on March 2. after the state championships, Zariel will be competing in the World U20 (Under 20) Cross Country Championships on March 30 in Belgrade, Serbia.


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