Brentwood's Alexia Douglas wasn't even looking to win at Saturday's St. Anthony's Invitational. After injuring her right knee and left foot during basketball season, the senior just wanted to see if she was ready to compete against elite competition.
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.
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"I was looking for technique, form, and the way my legs were hitting the ground," Douglas said. "Winning was a bonus. But, I want my track season to be long term, instead of winning right now and messing up later."
But, she'll certainly take both, especially if her form was as good as it was Saturday.
"I didn't over-stride," Douglas said. "I maintained my speed. I could have separated a little bit more, but overall I think it went great."
Although hesitant to say she was back to 100 percent health, Douglas did concede she felt "pretty good."
Later, Douglas placed third in the 200 meters in 26.30 seconds. Manhasset's Kiyah Owens won in 25.95 seconds.
Sachem East's Alexandra DeCicco won the 1,500 meters in 4:40.43. After leading for a majority of the race, DeCicco's victory suddenly appeared in jeopardy as Shoreham-Wading River's Kaitlyn Ohrtman and Mercy's Meg Tuthill caught her on the final straight away, resulting in a tight finish.
Ohrtman finished second in 4:40.50 and Tuthill was third in 4:41.69.
Despite the fact that the two were inches away from DeCicco, the Sachem East junior said she didn't realize the lack of distance between them until she crossed the finish line.
"I had no idea," DeCicco said with a relieved smile. "I just heard their coaches screaming their names. I just was running from the front and didn't know. I heard their spikes and drove in the final 200 meters . . . I knew that I had to run hard in the final 200 to get a good time. I just focused on finishing."
As the final few weeks of the regular season winds down, DeCicco said she is still on her way toward peaking -- a fine place to be at this point in the season.
"Today, I focused on wining," she said. "It's not about being the best you can be yet. Toward the end of the season is where you want to make that shift. I'm happy with today."
Huntington's Suzie Petryk won the 800 meters in 2:16.15. The time broke the Huntington school record of 2:16.4, set by Pia Palladino in 1979, coach Shawn Anderson said.
"This was a good breakout race for me," Petryk said. "It showed that I'm up to the same level of strength as the strongest competition . . . I'm ready to race my best in these upcoming weeks."
Holy Trinity's Kristina Insingo won the discus, tossing 139 feet, five inches. North Shore's Diana Vizza won the 3,000 meters in 10:04.22. Copiague's Vinnelle Grant won the 400 meters in 58.08.