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Garden City sets LI record in SMR

SOUTH HUNTINGTON - MAY 5, 2011: Garden City's

SOUTH HUNTINGTON - MAY 5, 2011: Garden City's Emma Gallagher (r) with the win over (l-r) GC's Laura Jaeger, St. Anthony's Olicia Williams and GC's Taylor Hennig in the girls 400m dash. St. Anthony's High School track and field invitational. (Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

The Garden City girls are at it again.

The team of Taylor Hennig, Emma Gallagher, Laura Jaeger, and Alexis Yeboah-Kodie set a Long Island record in the sprint medley relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at Greensboro, N.C.

The foursome, who also won the Federation championship in the 4x400 last Saturday, took second place in 3:56.55. Cosby (Va.) won in 3:55.17.

Bay Shore’s sprint medley team of Anisa Toppin, Danielle Rowe, Brianah Allen, and Jessica Gelibert took sixth in a Suffolk-record 4:02.19 to also earn All-American honors.

The Long Island All-American parade didn’t stop there. Annica Penn (Westhampton Beach) won the national championship in the one mile racewalk with a time of 7:42.23. Brittany Collins (Connetquot) took third in 7:50.74 and Alyssa Furlani of Sachem East took fifth in 7:50.99.

Valencia Hannon of Elmont took fourth in the 100 finals in a blistering 11.86 seconds to take All-American honors. Ky Westbrook of Chandler (Ariz.) won in 11.63 seconds.

Chaminade’s Thomas Awad took third overall in the two mile, clocking an 8:59.38 to bring home All-American distinction. Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict’s Prep won in 8:55.12.

Uniondale’s team of Camille Crayton, Tawanda Francis, Brittney Webley, and Adrionna Powell took sixth in the Swedish medley relay (100-200-300-400) on Friday to make All-American.

The final day of the meet is tomorrow, and more Long Islanders are expected to earn All-American honors.

Meanwhile, Brianna Nerud of North Shore took first overall in the women's 3,000 steeplechase (10:23.87) in day two of the USA Junior Championships at Bloomington, Ind. Nerud defeated second-place Courtney Frerichs of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (10:35.23) by more than 11 seconds en route to qualifying for the U.S. Junior Olympic team for the second straight year.