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Long Islanders shine at North Shore Invitational
Once the presents were opened and the Christmas dinner was polished off, it was time to get back to work. And, in the Long Island track and field world, work meant running at the North Shore Invitational Thursday at the Armory in Manhattan.
Syosset came up huge on the boys side. The Braves took the first three places in the 1,600. Senior Simon Nwana won in four minutes, 27.92 seconds. Ryan Depinto and Tyler Italiano followed suit. Depinto was second in 4:27.93 and Italiano was third in 4:29.11.
Another Brave, Michael Verdello, ran a 2:42.26 in the 1,000 -- second to Washingtonville’s Nick Cruz. Tommy Vittuci finished third in 2:42.52.
Huntington’s Y’majesty Allen won the 300 in 35.27 seconds. Commack’s Richard Kim placed second in the 55-hurdles in 7.96 seconds. Half Hollow Hills East’s Sean Grossman was third in the invitational 3,200 in 9:54.98.
Longwood’s Glenn Reddick shined in the long jump, flying 21 feet, eight 1/2 inches. His teammate, Nigel Riley finished third in 19 feet, seven and a half inches. Riley finished second in the triple jump, going 45 feet, one half of an inch. Riverhead’s Charles Villa placed second in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet.
Smithtown West’s Ben Bonhurst won the shot put, throwing 64 feet, one inch. Longwood took the next two spots. Dennis Russel was second, throwing 54 feet, four inches. Corey Murphy was third, throwing 54 feet. Syosset’s Eric Sheng took fourth, tossing 50 feet, six and a half inches. Huntington’s Matteo McNeil rounded out the all-LI top five, throwing 45 feet, one half of an inch.
Eastport-South Manor's Tom Meehan finished second in the Millrose Mile, running a 4:21.35. Shoreham-Wading River's Ryan Udvadia was third in 4:22.05. East Meadow's Mike Grady ran fifth in 4:26.80.
On the girls side, defending Newsday All-LI runner of the year Emma Gallagher won the 300. The Garden City product finished in 40.33 seconds. Her teammate, Laura Jaeger was third in 42.42 seconds. Half Hollow Hills East’s Mary Chimezie split the two Trojans, finishing second in 42.11 seconds.
Middle Country’s Yejide Adegoke won the 55-dash in 7.49 seconds. Comsewogue’s Dara Smith placed fourth in the 55-hurdles in nine seconds.
North Shore’s Alexandra Osman made sure her school got on the board at their own meet. Osman won the invitational 3,000 in 10:36.67. Her teammate’s Stacie Nadel and Monica Morra rounded out the top five. Nadel finished fourth in 10:41.28. Morra was fifth in 10:42.46. Cold Spring Harbor’s Daniela LoCastro finished second in 10:37.60.
Manhasset’s Samantha McCormick was third in the 600, running a 1:43.41.
Comsewogue’s Sabrena Reid finished second in the high jump, clearing five feet, two inches. Valley Stream North’s Anointing Onuoha won the long jump, going 18 feet, four and three quarters of an inch. Longwood’s duo of Crystal Henderson and Briana Sweeney finished second and third respectively. Henderson went 16 feet, five inches. Sweeney went 16 feet, one inch.
Onuoha also took top honors in the triple jump, going 37 feet, three inches. Half Hollow Hills West’s Anya Pawar was second, going 33 feet, four inches.
Connetquot’s Ashley White placed second in the pole vault, clearing nine feet. Her teammates, Jacqueline Guzman and Caitlin Mazzeo both cleared eight feet, six inches.
Half Hollow Hills West’s Oyin Adewale won the shot put, throwing 41 feet, eight and a quarter of an inch. Manhasset’s Tara Belinsky placed second with a 40 foot, nine inch toss.