For the sixth consecutive year, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted its annual Urban & Walsh Memorial Invitational on May 16. Organized by Copiague track coaches George Schroeder and John Sack, the annual event is held to honor both Christopher Urban and Brittney Walsh’s memory, their commitment to the team and love for the sport.

Hosting schools from across Long Island, the invitational featured 18 events including pole vaulting, the 2,000/3,000 steeplechase, high jump and the Texas Sprint Relay. In addition to the standard track and field events, fifth-graders from the four elementary schools – Deauville Gardens East, Deauville Gardens West, Great Neck Road and Susan E. Wiley – participated in a special boys and girls 4x100 relay, with each participant receiving a medal.

For the Copiague boys, Joseph Gomez earned third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 0:62.10, while Aryes Garrett took sixth with a time of 0:64.07. Antoine Moore took second in the 400-meter race at 0:49.99; Erick Rivera took second place in the 800 meter with 2:09.15; and Asante Carroll received second place in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, while Jackson Bright cleared 5 feet 8 inches for sixth place. The 4x100 relay team placed second with a time of 0:44.39.

On the girls’ side, Vinnelle Grant won the 400-meter race at 0:59.00, and Amira Kemp took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 0:18.61. Ashley Jean-Raymond took second in the 1500 meter with a time of 5:08.84, and took third in the 800 meter at 2:31.90. Shanna Geer took second in the 100 meter with a time of 0:13.36, while Nickeela Austin placed second in the 200-meter race with a finish time 0:27.25, and Kyria Moore placed third in the 4kg shot put event with a toss of 32 feet 6 inches. The girls’ team of Akajia Atkins, Shannon Greer, Courtney Jackson-Gomes and Tatyana Johnson won the 4x100 relay race, while the team of Mikayla Angel, Vinnelle Grant, Ashley Jean-Raymond and Maya Jones won the 4x800 relay race.