Leading off today:
From this point forward we may have to stop referring to feats so awesome that they border on incomprehensible as "Beamon-esque" and start terming them "Rayvon-esque."
Beacon senior Rayvon Grey broke the state long jump record -- a mark by Olympic legend Bob Beamon that stood for 51 years -- by clearing 25 feet, 4.75 inches Friday in winning his second straight New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Beamon jumped 25-3.50 in 1965 while representing Jamaica High. Grey, who placed second in the Division I triple jump earlier in the day, recorded jumps of 25-0, 24-10, 23-7.25, 25-4.75 and 24-10.50.
"I tweaked my ankle during the triple jump," Grey told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "I collapsed over it and had to ice it, so I wasn't sure I was going to be able to (compete), but I'm happy it worked out for me.
"It was a great feeling, and it was my goal going into the meet. I was focused and it helped to have everyone supporting me. The crowds and officials, everyone was helping me out and rooting for me."
Lawson, Petrella go the distance: Corning junior Jessica Lawson earned her second state championship in the 3,000 meters, breaking her own school record along the way. Lawson finished in 9:24.36, easily fending off North Shore's Diana Vizza (9:32.26) and Elmira's Abbey Wheeler (9:33.49).
Lawson also won the event in 2014 as a freshman. She missed last season's meet with an injury.
Liverpool senior Ben Petrella kicked home in 1:01.42 for the bell lap and won the boys 3,200 championship in 8:52.42 over Carthage junior Noah Affolder (8:55.20) to break a 29-year-old meet record.
The two Section 3 stars ran neck and neck for a large portion of the race.
"During the whole race I felt like I had a lot left in me and I could probably pick it up a little bit. It was probably a bad decision to wait as long as I did to start moving," Petrella told Syracuse.com. "If I tell coach that, she'll probably be a little disappointed, but we're all glad that I pulled it off."
His effort beat the 1987 meet record on 8:52.75 by Dan Middleman of W.T. Clarke.
"The last 100 meters I was way too tired to keep going," Affolder told the Watertown Daily Times. "I didn't have the usual finish that I normally have, which is a little sad. Anybody can be the best at this level any day. Ben proved that it was him today."
More track and field: The champions in the girls 800 meters made up for missed opportunities in the past.
Two years ago, Hamilton's Sage Hurta, then a sophomore, was the top seed in the Division II competition but placed 15th on a day in which she failed "to take control" of the race. On Friday, the University of Colorado recruit won the fifth heat in a personal-best 2:08.57 to earn the Division II championship. Shenendehowa's Hannah Reale placed second in the race in 2:10.47 but was first among Division I competitors.
"It was her house today," Hamilton coach Rick Hanson told the Observer-Dispatch. "The last 100 meters, she had a face on. I've seen that face before -- she had to get her business done."
Said Hurta: "I felt super calm and in control."