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St. Anthony's girls win CHSAA Intersectionals

St. Anthony's Melissa June wins her semifinal heat

St. Anthony's Melissa June wins her semifinal heat in the girls 55-meter dash in 7.27 seconds at the CHSAA Intersectional Indoor Track and Field Championships. (Feb. 17, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Talk about defending home turf — the St. Anthony’s girls track team took home a title at the CHSAA Intersectional Championships on Sunday at St. Anthony’s High School. The Friars edged Kellenberg 57-55.

“This is so important to us,” senior Victoria Pileggi said. “This is what we trained for all season. We put in so much work for this.”

Pileggi led a strong group of field performers. She placed first in the high jump, skying five feet, two inches — good for six points.

“It was a battle,” Pileggi said . “I was warmed up, calm and focused,” Pileggi said.

The senior also placed third in the long jump, registering a distance of 16 feet, four-and-a-half inches.

“It’s similar preparation,” she said of the two events. “In the high jump, it’s a slow-to-fast progression until you get to the bar. In the long jump, I use a lot of speed, try to really step down on the board, and get as much height as I can.”

Junior Brittany Coscio also scored in the high jump, clearing four feet, 10 inches — good for fourth.

Senior Alexis Fernandez won the triple jump, flying a combined 38 feet, four inches. Her teammate, Breanna Lyn, posted a 34 foot, seven-and-a-half-inch mark, good for fourth. Fernandez’s jump was a personal best.

“It’s a huge deal,” Fernandez said. “I’ve been trying to get this mark for a long time.”

Melissa June won the 55-dash in 7.22 seconds. Monique Richards came in second, finishing in 7.43 seconds.

June participated in two events at Saturday’s Millrose Games, winning the Sunday event on pure adrenaline.

“I was exhausted from running yesterday, so it felt good to win,” June said.

Being tired from championship competition is no excuse for a poor performance, June said, especially with the stakes so high.

“You just have to push through it,” she said. “I trained hard [this season]. That helps now. I didn’t train for nothing. This is where it counts.”

Nicole Anderson came in second in the 55-hurdles, crossing the line in 8.82 seconds. Olivia Seifert finished second in the weight throw, reaching 38 feet, nine inches.