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Mar 4, 2019 11:36 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton's Luke Rey Finishes Indoor Track Season At State Meet

Southampton senior Luke Rey placed 18th in the state in the 55-meter dash on Saturday. DREW BUDD
Mar 5, 2019 9:32 AM

Southampton senior Luke Rey finished his indoor track season at the New York State Championships at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex on Staten Island on Saturday.

Rey finished fourth in his heat and 18th overall out of 38 in the 55-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 6.69 seconds, slightly slower than his personal best of 6.61 seconds, but he was able to place above his seed placement of 21st. Rey, who spent his first three years at Shoreham/Wading River High School before transferring to Southampton this past fall, said he was disappointed in his performance and said there were a number of factors that could have led to his time, one of them being that all sprints at Ocean Breeze are run directly in the middle of the infield as opposed to the track that runs on the outside.

But it was an accomplishment in and of itself for Rey just to get to his first-ever state meet. In the past, Rey has shown flashes of his speed, but was always held back by nagging leg injuries. He changed his regimen a bit, he said, to avoid having those issues this winter, and it seemed to help.

“Toward the end of the season, I started taking it easy,” he explained. “I used to lift all the time. Stopped lifting at the end of the season. That helped keep me healthy.”

Rey will now turn his attention to the outdoor spring season where he is confident he can reach the state meet in his premier event: the 100-meter dash.

“I really think I can be top in the state,” he said. “My starts are not too good compared to these guys, but towards the end, I was definitely catching up. So the 100 I definitely think I can be a real threat.”

Southampton head coach Tony Dottin agreed.

“He has the skills to go beyond the state [meet]. He can run in college,” he said. “He is the top sprinter in Division II for us and the top-five sprinter in the county. Therefore he is poised to go on to the state [meet], if he can stay injury-free and focus.”

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