Selection of the 2019 All Long Island Indoor Track and Field Athletes

5/3/2019
 

Plainview, NY - Representatives from the Nassau and Suffolk County Track Coaches Associations, NSCHSSA, and USATF Long Island have come together to select the All Long Island Athletes for the indoor track and field season. Performances throughout the season were analyzed, debated, and discussed with an emphasis placed on achievements in the championship meets (County/Intersectional, State and Nationals) and the Long Island Elite Invitational.

Three athletes were selected for each individual running and field event to comprise 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team All Long Island. Athletes who could have qualified for selections in multiple events were assigned one selection in their most outstanding event. The committee also has awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd All Long Island selections in the 4x200, 4x400, 4x800, sprint and distance medley and the shuttle hurdle relay.

The 2018-2019 indoor track and field season was a highly successful one for Long Island, highlighted by the committee’s selection of two Most Outstanding Athletes of the Season in Kenneth Wei (Mount Sinai) and Arianna McCleod (Longwood).

Kenneth Wei had one of the all-time great indoor track and field seasons in Long Island history, finishing as a double All-American in the 60m hurdles (7.83) and long jump (23-11). At the State Championships, held at the Ocean Breeze Track Complex, Wei reigned as State Champion in the long jump (23-5 ½) and placed 2nd in the 55H (7.45). During the season, he set the Long Island Record in the long jump (25-0) at the Section XI Championships and ran to a 7.31 best in the 55H, less than a tenth of a second from the NY State Record.

Arianna McCleod continued her dominance over multiple events helping the Longwood Lions to great success this season. In her standout event, the 55H, she earned a bronze medal (8.38) to be recognized with All-State honors. In addition, her performances in the jumps placed her as the 4th (Long Jump: 18-7) and 5th (Triple Jump: 39-9) best in all of New York State.

The committee has also voted to recognize an additional male and female Most Outstanding Athlete in each of the sport’s three disciplines. The committee selected Kevon O’Brien Smith (Freeport) and Chibugo Obichere (Valley Stream South) as the Most Outstanding Sprinters of the Season. Matthew Payamps (St. Anthony’s) and Sarah Connelly (Mount Sinai) earned the Most Outstanding Distance Runners of the Indoor Track and Field Season. Then finally Jadan Hanson (Uniondale) and Alissa Braxton (Commack) are being awarded at the Most Outstanding Field Event competitors of the indoor campaign.

O’Brien Smith had a breakout season setting multiple school records for Freeport, winning the NY State Championship in the 600 (1:19.98) and finishing as the runner-up at the National Championships as a member of the Mixed 4x400 relay. Obichere finished the season with the fastest 55H performance (7.82) in all of NY State, finished 2nd at the State Championships and earned All-American honors as a relay leg of Valley Stream South’s sprint medley relay.

Matthew Payamps qualified for the USATF National Championships and set a new NY State Record of 2:23.46 for the 1000. He also anchored St. Anthony’s 2nd place Distance Medley Relay at the New Balance National Championships, covering the 1600 distance in 4:05.6. Connelly reigned as the Suffolk County Champion in the 1500 and 3000, while earning All-State honors in both races as well. She just missed out on All-American honors with her 8th place finish in the 2-Mile (10:24.7), though as a junior will be looking for future successes next season.

Hanson established a new Junior State Record in the triple jump with an astonishing 50-6 launch in the triple jump, which earned him the NY State Championship and 3rd at the Nationals. His performances in the other field disciplines, long jump (22-2 ½) and high jump (6-4) helped Uniondale to the Nassau County Championship. Braxton showcased great versatility in the jumps, with the 1st (triple jump) and 2nd (long jump) farthest leaps in the state this season. Her season best of 41-9 ¾ in the triple jump was enough to earn her the NY State Championship in the event, as well as an All-American placing (4th) at the New Balance Nationals.

The Long Island Track and Field Coaches Association would like to congratulate all of these outstanding athletes on a memorable and successful indoor track and field campaign. Future All Long Island selections for cross-country and track and field will be made annually after the conclusion of each season.

Complete listing of Boy's and Girl's Winter Teams found here