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Cooldown Lap: St. Anthony's Invitational

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 2012 St. Anthony’s Invitational is history, and so are some very memorable, noteworthy performances—too many to fit into the paper, in fact.  So without further ado, let’s take a quick cooldown lap of all the action that may or may not have made the Sunday paper:

-- A TON of meet records went down over the course of the weekend. The proud owners of those new records are, in no particular order:

St. Anthony’s boys 4x1,600 (17:39.79)

North Shore girls 4x1,600 (20:17.09) and 4x800 (9:03.51)

Janel Francis, Copiague, long jump (19-4)

Mike Brunoforte, St. Anthony’s, pole vault (15-10)

Brianna Nerud, North Shore, 2,000 steeplechase (6:30.73—barely missing the national record of 6:29.20)

-- Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: In the long jump, a competitor sees his leading mark erased by Huntington’s Tyriek Johnson on the second-to-last jump, only to come back on the very last jump of the competition and set a new school record.

No, it wasn’t a replay of what happened last Saturday at the Smithtown Invitational. This time, it was a battle between Johnson and Massapequa senior Joe Caraciolo on Friday night.

Caraciolo initially held the lead going into the final few jumps with a leap of 22-9 1/4—which already broke a school record that was set in 1968. With two jumps to go, Johnson took the lead with a jump of 22 9 3/4.

“When I saw Tyriek jump that, it got me pumped,” said Caraciolo, who won the indoor state long jump title in March. “It got me all like, ‘Alright, he’s that person to push me. He brought it, let’s go’.”

Caraciolo came through, jumping a 23-4 to win the event and further extend his newly-minted school record.

“From the start, I felt like I was on fire,” he said. “I wasn’t finished, I just kept going.”

-- If you look at the results for the girls 800, you might be surprised to find an unusual name atop the leaderboards. That’s because Friends Academy senior Kelsey Margey—who usually runs only the 1,500 and the 3,000—dropped down to the 800 and won a thriller over Garden City’s Emma Gallagher.

Margey ran a personal-best 2:09.89 to edge out Gallagher (2:11.01).

“Emma’s really good,” Margey said after the race. “I’ve raced against her a lot, and I know she has a ton of speed.”

Margey used her past knowledge of Gallagher’s running style to her advantage, jumping out to an early lead and taking Gallagher out on a 66-second first quarter.

With Gallagher’s signature kick looming, Margey responded in kind, closing out the final 400 in 63 seconds to hold her off.

“I knew if it was too slow, she would kick,” Margey said. “So I knew I had to push it from the beginning if I wanted to have a shot.”

-- Speaking of Garden City, the Lady Trojans’ sweep of the top three spots in the 400 was a sight to behold. Olicia Williams of St. Anthony’s led by about 10 meters coming onto the final straightaway. Then, slowly but surely, the Garden City trio of Gallagher, Taylor Hennig, and Laura Jaeger—three-fourths of the Lady Trojans’ indoor state championship 4x400 team—reeled Williams in. They caught her with about 30 meters to go, and all three of them passed her.

Gallagher won in 56.11, Hennig was second in 57.48, and Jaeger rounded out the top three in 57.64. Williams ended up with a 58.25.

-- Kris Moran probably had one of the busiest weekends of anyone at the meet. Moran started off on Friday night as an anchor leg of the third-place North Babylon 4x1,600 team, clocking a 4:15 on his split as the team finished in 17:52.71. The next morning, the junior woke up early to take the SATs, then hurried back to St. Anthony’s, where he won the 1,600 in 4:17.63.

Total hours of sleep Moran was able to get between the two days?

“Not enough,” he said. (He would say that the actual number was five.)

Despite the near-sleepless night, Moran was able to pull out the win—which is just what he wanted, since he said his goal this season is to go undefeated in every race he enters.

“I want to try not to lose any of my races,” Moran said before quickly backtracking. “Well, not nationals, because that’d be crazy. But everything through states.”

With the way he’s been running as of late, maybe a full undefeated season might not be so farfetched after all.

-- We close with some quick shout-outs. First one goes to Taylor Colucci, who was a double winner in both the boys 100 (11.05) and the 200 (22.6) for Stony Brook.  Another one goes out to Travis Correa of Bellport, who clocked a blazing-fast 1:53.94 in the 800.

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