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The senior had competed in this one-of-a-kind elimination race twice before. But he got the result he was looking for yesterday, when he won the race in 10 minutes, 16.3 seconds in his last opportunity at the Bellmore JFK Cougar Invitational.
Byrnes battled through the wind on her way to a 2:23.10 victory in the 800 meters at the Post-Easter Classic. Besides the heavy gusts, she had two other adversaries to deal with.
From the midway point of the season, the Huntington 4x400 meter relay team knew that there was only one way to properly end the indoor season — a national championship. As the season’s many victories mounted, through regular season triumphs, a county championship, and even last weekend’s state championship, one final goal emerged — a gold medal at the season’s final meet.
Harris, a junior, won the one mile race walk in six minutes, 57.36 seconds on the second day of the weekend-long New Balance Indoor Nationals. Ashleigh Resch of Beavercreek, Ohio held the old record for two days shy of a calendar year, walking the national race in 7:00.33 last March.
It’s been a magical March for North Shore’s Diana Vizza. Over its first weekend, she won the state high school championship in the 1,500 meters. Friday, she set the state record in the indoor 5,000 meters.
For nearly a month, the West Islip 4x800 meter relay team ruled the country. From Hawaii to Oklahoma to the snowy mountains of Maine, no quartet could beat their Suffolk County record time of seven minutes, 50.01 seconds, run at the Armory Track Invitational on Feb. 6.
Vizza ran with a lead throughout the race, but never could fully escape North Rockland eighth grader Katelyn Tuohy, who was second in 4:32.33. Tuohy remained 10-15 meters behind Vizza as they moved around the track, making the path toward another state championship a difficult one for the Dartmouth-bound distance star.
The junior balances the two sports at the same time because Suffolk gymnastics takes place in the fall and Nassau in the winter. Different seasons lead to a championship at the end of winter at the same time as track, which she runs in the winter and spring. Her coaches don’t mind her splitting the time.
She didn’t disappoint, finishing third in 4 minutes, 52.77 seconds against a top-flight field in the New Balance high school girls mile. Kate Murphy of Lake Braddock, Virginia, took first in 4:41.84.
The Half Hollow Hills East senior broke the Suffolk State Qualifier 300 meter meet record in 39.94, running through the finish to the audience’s gasps and cheers in her last meet at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. The previous record was 40.02, set in 2000 by Chinny Offer of Half Hollows Hills District.
And it was Tosi who took it, finishing in nine minutes, 43.39 seconds, outpacing Platanias with a final lap kick. Platanias finished second in 9:45.71. Both qualified for the New York State Championships, scheduled for March 5 at Cornell University in Ithaca.
Claxton, a junior, cleared 6-10 in the high jump, an achievement that not only set a meet record but also drew a thunderous, spontaneous roar from the crowd. Suddenly, all eyes were focused on the high jump pit inside the track’s blue oval.
Brandon Mirabella outkicked St. John the Baptist’s Mike LaFemina in the 600 meters to win in 1 minute, 27.41 seconds. LaFemina finished second in 1:27.57. John Rogers outpaced a hard-charging Christopher Langer of St. Anthony’s to win the 1,000 in 2:38.21, with Langer second in 2:38.75.
Tucker, a senior, won the 600 meters in 1 minute, 24.34 seconds; the long jump, clearing 23 feet, 2 inches; and, along with Exzayvian Crowell, Kyree Johnson and Lawrence Leake, took the 4 x 400-meter relay in 3:27.40.
Mountanos said that the race went out faster than he expected, but he was able to adjust and take the gold in one minute, 26.07 seconds at the Nassau Class B track championships at St. Anthony’s High School on Wednesday night.
It is the third straight year that both the Valley Stream North boys and girls won county championships. This year, the boys scored 64 points; Oyster Bay was second with 47. The girls scored 136.50; North Shore was second with 120.
Sachem East’s Alexandra DeCicco fought off the charging Jackie Thorne of Northport to win the 1,000-meter run in 2:57.53 for the first of her two distance wins with big kicks during the Suffolk County large school championship Wednesday at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. She won the 1,500 in 4:50.42.
Jinks won the long jump (17 feet, 11 1?2 inches), the triple jump (38 feet, 9 3?4 inches), and the 55-meter hurdles (8.65 seconds). The triple victories yielded 30 points, helping Uniondale score 96 and take the team title. It was the Knights’ second consecutive indoor county title.
Carey’s Gregory Matzelle sprinted down the straightaway, head forward and arms popping as he made his way toward the finish line in under seven seconds in the 55 meters at Tuesday night’s Nassau Class A track championships at St. Anthony’s.
Mercy’s Meg Tuthill got a boost from Kaitlyn Butterfield, who pushed the pace to help propel her teammate and training partner to a strong finish in the 1,000 meters. It resulted in a first-place 2:55.22 finish for Tuthill at the Molloy Stanner Games at the Armory in Manhattan on Saturday. Butterfield came in third at 2:58.64. Kellenberg’s Deirdre Lewin was in between in 2:58.41.
Brannigan ran a personal best of 4 minutes, 3.18 seconds but finished third in the prestigious race Saturday as part of the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island.
After consecutive 600-meter state titles during the winter season, the senior finished third in the 800 meters in 1 minute, 51.96 seconds at the New York State Track and Field Championships on Friday at the University at Albany.
The senior, who described himself as being all three before Saturday's Federation 100-meter championship on the second and final day of the New York State Track and Field Championships at the University at Albany, took home gold in 10.85 seconds.
Presented by the Butch Dellecave Foundation in conjunction with the Economic Counsel of Suffolk, Inc., and Newsday, the awards come with $1,000 scholarships. They recognize the top male and female student-athlete for outstanding achievement in three areas -- athletic prowess, academics and community service.
Powell used a strong final sprint to hold off the other runners, including Northport's Mike Brannigan, Long Island's most decorated runner, and capture the Suffolk title -- and the state qualifying spot that goes along with it -- in a time of 1 minute, 52.71 seconds.
Ward Melville's John Ripa needed every last inch to take home the 1,600-meter crown on the second and final day of the Suffolk state qualifier, held Sunday at Port Jefferson High School.
Siebert went on to win the race in 4 minutes, 45.97 seconds, battling with Garden City's Steph Gerland once the pack thinned halfway through the closing lap. With 300 meters to go Gerland's first kick edged her ever so slightly ahead, but Siebert withstood that move and never let the Garden City junior get more than a step in front.
Tucker, a Huntington junior, won the Division II 110-meter hurdles (14.48 seconds) and the 400 meters (48.93) at the Suffolk Division boys track championships at Comsewogue.
The Lawrence senior, who elevated for a key touchdown in the Long Island Class III championship in the fall, won the long jump and 110-meter hurdles at the Nassau Class A finals Friday at Roosevelt.
After two laps, DeCicco made her move. She finished in 4:43.11 to win her third title at the Suffolk girls division championships. Two hours later, DeCicco was fresh for the 4 x 800-meter relay, which she and teammates Jillian Manfredi, Ciara Murphy and Kaylie Wessberg won in 9:30.71. The victory gave Sachem East 112 points. That clinched the Division I title and snapped Bay Shore's four-year win streak.
Saturday, competing in her final CHSAA Intersectional Championships, Insingo once again verified her status as the top Catholic school thrower in the state and etched her name in the record books as well.
The victory was her second of the day. She won the 1,500 in 4:49.41 earlier in the meet, a grueling race that contributed to Fray's fatigue. The senior had to battle St. John the Baptist's Kate McCormack down the final straight. McCormack finished second in 4:49.70. A move past McCormack and Kellenberg teammate Deidre Lewin, who finished third in 4:53.33, led Fray to victory.
As it turned out, Shomari's 200 victory, in 21.89 seconds, was even easier. The senior outpaced the field by almost a full second. He won the 100 by 0.24 seconds.
Brannigan won the 3,200 meters in 8 minutes, 42.92 seconds. The converted time broke the record of 8:48.11, set by Josh McDougal of Peru, New York, in 2004, Northport coach Jason Strom said.
With the cameras focused on him, Brannigan electrified the crowd, winning the 800 meters in 1 minute, 51.87 seconds. That broke the meet record of 1:52.16 set by Great Neck South's Terrance Livingston in 2009, and just missed the Suffolk record of 1:51.4, set by Whitman's Paul Ciurlys in 2000, according to the website suffolkxctf.com
Douglas quickly found out that, not only is she ready to compete, but she is ready to win. Douglas took the 100 meters in 12.54 seconds. Sachem North's Alyssa Leto was second in 12.69 seconds.
After picking up the loose baton, Cherrington sprinted her way back into the race, picking off competitors as she went. With 200 meters to go, Cherrington said she thought victory was a possibility.
Shaka Shomari is used to running like the wind. But, running into the wind? That's another story. Sprinting into incredibly strong gusts, the Holy Trinity senior won the 200 meters in 22.66 seconds at the Knight-Time Invitational at Uniondale High School Saturday.
But Molly Dearie isn't part of the many. The Ward Melville senior steeplechaser loves her signature event and looks forward to running it no matter what the conditions. Dearie's refusal to be fazed by the drab weather helped her win the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7 minutes, 19.38 seconds at the Port Jeff Steeple Fest Plus at Port Jefferson High School Wednesday.
Burgess has proved that even though training and tactical racing ability is important, sometimes all that's needed is quick feet, raw talent, and the will to beat the runner next to you.
Burke's time broke the Suffolk record of 4:10.28, set by Northport's Tim McGowan last season. The record was the second Suffolk mark Burke has busted this season. He set the 1,000-meter mark (2:26.75) in January, according to suffolkxctf.com.
Only a national record could keep East Islip's Katharine Newhoff from a national title. The senior race walker finished second in the mile competition in seven minutes, 8.02 seconds yesterday on the second day of the three-day-long New Balance Nationals at The Armory in Manhattan.
But Brannigan was not able to hold off Amrstrong's final kick and finished second in 14 minutes, 42.33 seconds. Not bad considering it was his first indoor race at the distance.
As Northport's Mike Brannigan sprinted the final 50 meters of his 5-kilometer race during the New Balance National Championships at the Armory in Manhattan on Friday, it looked as if he was about to capture the second individual championship of his career.
It's a safe bet to say Germanakos slept well Saturday night after winning the event in one minute, 20.60 seconds at this year's version of the championships, held Saturday at Cornell.
Faith Penny had never been so happy. And who could blame her? Yes, the East Islip senior had just won a state high jump championship, clearing five feet, six inches Saturday at Cornell. But the championship meant so much more than that.
Endres ran the first leg in the distance medley relay and the Cougars placed third in 12 minutes, 24.29 seconds. She clocked a 3:45 1,200-meter leg, coach David Wood said.
In the high jump, it's the knowing that can be the hardest part. It's an event that requires not only skill, but a deft ability to deflect pressure. At its core, it's one of the more singular events in all of sports. No defense, no direct competition, no secondary factors besides crowd noise. Just a jumper and a bar. Oh, that daunting bar.
The crowd had long departed last Saturday night at the Armory in Manhattan. Only an hour or two prior, the famous Washington Heights track hummed with Millrose Games magic. But now, as TV crews worked on dismantling equipment and the custodial staff scooped up hot dog wrappers tossed in excitement, the place was virtually silent.
Without looking at the surroundings, late spectators might have thought they walked into a good ol' fashioned Suffolk county meet Saturday night at The Armory in Manhattan. Port Jefferson's James Burke and Northport's Mike Brannigan were coming toward the end of an epic mile run.
Insingo, a shot putter whose throw of 46 feet, 5 inches is the state's best this season, was returning two weeks ago from an official visit to the University of Nebraska. It was a perfect fit, she thought, and she verbally committed to the Cornhuskers last week.
When the numbers finally flashed, Hallett was greeted with good news, because she was a winner in 7.45 seconds, qualifying for the New York State championships, scheduled for March 7 at Cornell in Ithaca. She could breathe again.
Leto's winning 55-meter time, clocked Sunday at the Suffolk state track qualifier at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, broke the previous county record of 7.17 set by Commack's Colby Lubman in 2010, according to longislandxctf.com.
The drought between championships was a long one, far more than anyone involved with the Uniondale girls track program had ever envisioned. But, at last, that dry spell is over. After a multiyear absence from the winners circle, the Knights staked their claim to Nassau Class A supremacy with a 94-point output Wednesday night at St. Anthony's.
The juniors were neck and neck for most of the 3,000 meters at the Nassau Class A county championships before Gerland used a strong kick in the final lap to inch ahead, winning in 10 minutes, 33.15 seconds. Moore was second in 10:33.66.
At the starting gun, Gordon took the lead and settled in as the race hit the mile mark. He dropped back to third as he let Oyster Bay's Alexander Tosi and Manhasset's Tommy Fruhauf pace the race.
The legend that is the Marauders girls track program continued it's growth Sunday at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. An 81-point output earned Bay Shore the team title at the Suffolk Large School Championships, its fourth straight county title and 14th in 15 years, coach Steve Borbet said.
The first title was a bit of a breeze, a 10-minute, 29.53-second victory in the 3,000 meters, crossing the finish line 11.22 seconds ahead of the field. The second, a come-from-behind victory in the 1,500, showed Lee's substantial stamina and resolve.
In her first season running the event, the sophomore has emerged as the top 55-meter runner in the NSCHSAA. That was proven in earnest Saturday when Hazzard took home the title in 7.31 seconds at the league championships at St. Anthony's.
St. Anthony's wasted no time adding another championship to its already-overflowing trophy case. This time, it was the CHSAA League title, achieved Saturday on its home turf after scoring 102 points. It was the Friars' sixth consecutive league championship, coach Tim Dearie said.
Reed, narrowly avoiding a come-from-behind disappointment, outlasted Beglane and won in 2 minutes, 37.94 seconds, a personal best, he said. Beglane was second in 2:38.18.
Although Port Jefferson's James Burke considers himself a miler, he did a pretty good impression of a ''1,000-er'' Saturday at the Molloy Stanner Games at the Armory in Manhattan.
Fray won the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes, 59.67 seconds at the Molloy Stanner Games. Lewin, who was a half step behind her for most of the race, was third in 2:59.93. Mercy's Meg Tuthill edged between them at the line and took second in 2:59.90.
Insingo, in only her second meet with new kicks on her feet, won the shot put at the Hispanic Games Saturday at the Armory in Manhattan, throwing 45 feet, 10 3/4 inches. It was the second-best mark of her high school career, she said.
Sean Kildare, Connor Hatton, Aaron Zigrosser and Rory Hannigan won the invitational DMR in 10 minutes, 37.96 seconds. The time is currently the fastest in New York and the second fastest in the country, according to milesplit.com.
Brannigan's name, face, and story got national exposure when he was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Tuesday night. The story focused on Brannigan's success despite having autism.
McIntyre had an accomplished career that included multiple county and state championships as the girls track and field coach at Valley Stream Central High School from 1977 through his retirement in 1988, his son Scott, 51, of Burlington, Vermont, said.
Next year, only Brannigan will remain on the roster. The McGowan twins will head to Roger Williams in Rhode Island, and Leopold will run at Elon in North Carolina. Behind them, they leave nothing but dust and records.
Bonhurst, the Smithtown West senior who will take his talents to Florida State this fall, won the national shot put championship, tossing 65 feet, 93/4 inches. It was his second national title of the season. He won the winter shot put crown, throwing 64-73/4, at winter nationals in March.
After navigating through a bunched up California start, the Miller Place senior ran with a comfortable lead throughout her four minute, 30.03 second victory in her signature event on the second day of the state track and field championships, held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Hamilton's Sage Hurta, was second in 4:32.42.
They both got their wish on the second day of the championships Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Russell won the federation discus, throwing 185 feet, five inches; Taylor won the long jump, flying 24 feet.
The Florida State-bound senior from Smithtown West won the Division I discus Friday, tossing 183 feet, 9 inches on the first day of the New York State Track and Field Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Because of her win, Gallagher, who won her second straight state 400 hurdle title, will be assigned a better lane position for Saturday's Federation 400 hurdles.
Steinbrecher turned in his best performance at the exact right time, winning in 9 minutes, 30.28 seconds. The time is a Suffolk state qualifier record, breaking the mark of 9:32.90 by Smithtown West's Jason Santos in 2009, according to longislandxctf.com. The victory qualified Steinbrecher for the New York State Championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Cicero.
Despite the hiccup, Velasquez's ticket to the state meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Cicero, remained untouched. He won in 9 minutes, 48.11 seconds at the late-season meet, held Wednesday and Thursday at Roosevelt High School.
Douglas also won the 200 in 25.04 seconds and was part of the winning 4 x 400 relay in 3:53.22 along with Shiseido Robinson, Cassie Gibbons and Natasia Almonacy.
Gruber won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7 minutes, 7.78 seconds at the county state qualifier held Wednesday and Thursday at Roosevelt High School. The time bested her personal record by a whopping 43 seconds, she said.
By the time Fray reached the final straightaway, it was Duca and McCormack who were doing the chasing. Fray won in 4 minutes, 39.38 seconds. Duca finished second in 4:41.81. McCormack was third in 4:46.77. Fray's 1,500 victory came after she won the 800 in 2:13.49 earlier in the meet.