Ray Carey has spent over 100 seasons coaching track at St. John’s Prep. He’s pretty sure he’s witnessed a tie before, but nothing as memorable as yesterday’s 68-68 stalemate with B.C. High.
The Eagles needed to make a dramatic comeback to even have a chance at tying their Catholic Conference foes, and their win in the 4x400 relay all but guaranteed that the two teams will share the league crown.
“I’ve been doing this for 38 years and it’s one of the most exciting meets I’ve been involved with,” Carey said. “We had to catch them to do it. Everyone was on the edge of their seat heading into the last field events.”
Mike Mejias’ victory in the 200 was a momentum changer for St. John’s (2-0-1). Going head-to-head with B.C. High’s Jordan Samuels, one of the state’s best track athletes, Mejias pulled off the upset for some key points.
“They used Samuels in the high hurdles. He’s a 48-foot triple jumper, but they have other 40-foot jumpers, so he ran the high hurdles and won the long jump and won the hurdles. They brought him back in the 200. On paper, he looks like the winner there and Mejias beat him,” Carey said. “No one in the building, if there was a building, would have anticipated that. It was a huge personal best (22.8) and put us in position to tie or win based on the 2-mile and the relay.”
Tim Loehner won the 2-mile in 9:58 to set up the relay. Will O’Connor, Josh Hubbell, Josh Raposa and Joe Luongo ran a season-best 3:31.6 to force the tie.
Evan Dombrowski won both the discus (137-6) and shot put (54-2) and Mejias added a win in the 100 (11.2). John Long (javelin, 159-1), Luongo (400, 50.3) and Liam Dow (mile, 4:30) also had wins for St. John’s.