The emotion and symmetry of it all was almost overwhelming for Kristina Insingo. Two years ago, the Holy Trinity senior was finishing up her first season in what would turn into a stellar throwing career. She wasn't quite sure what the following years would hold, but she was confident that she had found her niche.
Saturday, competing in her final CHSAA Intersectional Championships, Insingo once again verified her status as the top Catholic school thrower in the state and etched her name in the record books as well.
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Insingo won both the shot put and discus with meet-record marks at the 88th edition of the championships, held at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island. Her shot put toss of 46-21/2 broke the 2009 record of Bishop Loughlin's Adrienne Alexander of 42-91/4 . Insingo's discus throw of 128-4 broke the standard of 126-7 set by Sacred Heart's Nina Renker in 2008.
"I'm amazed at how far I've come in a short three years," said Insingo, who will attend Nebraska in the fall. "I've met amazing people. I'm so grateful for the experience. I can't even compare it to anything else. It's changed my life."
For now, Insingo left an indelible mark on the championships, but she was hardly the only one to leave the Intersectionals in their dust.
Kellenberg senior Jazmine Fray, who is on her way to Texas A&M in the fall, won the 800 meters in two minutes, 13.74 seconds. Fray said her goal was to break the meet record of 2:11.67, set by Catherine McAuley's Phyllis Francis in 2008, but was happy with her time anyway.
"The pace was a little slower than I thought it would be," Fray said. "I thought it was going to be 65-63 [second] pace. But it became about 66-67 pace . . . It was a good pace for winning, but because I was going for the meet record, I probably should have run the 400 a little faster."
Fray's Kellenberg teammates also shined. Gabby Schreib won the 400 meter hurdles in 1:06.06.
"My teammate, Bridget McNierney, and I have been neck and neck all year," Schreib said. "It's a healthy competition. We just push each other. I knew that I would have to get out strong and try to carry the race . . . I made sure that I didn't stutter on the hurdles, was clean over them, and finished strong."
McNierney finished fourth in the 400, but won the long jump, flying 17 feet, 11 inches. Kellenberg won the team championship, scoring 48 points. St. Anthony's was second with 44.
"This means everything to us," Schreib said of the team title.
Sacred Heart's Mary Kate Kenny won the 200 meters in 25.30 seconds. Kenny attributed her victory to her decision to switch her start leg from her left foot to her right foot.
"It helped me get out quicker and be more powerful in my start," she said.
Once she got the start down, keeping her lead was a relative breeze. Kenny, who will attend Fordham in the fall, won by 0.60 seconds.
"This has been my goal," she said of the title. "So, it's really exciting. It's a nice moment."
On the boys side, St. Anthony's Michael O'Leary won the 800 meters in 1:55.20. St. John the Baptist's Connor Hatton won the 400 meter hurdles in 55.23 seconds.
Holy Trinity's Shaka Shomari won the 100 meters in 10.92 seconds.
"I was really relaxed," Shomari said. "I tried to run the race comfortable, so I didn't pull anything and waste too much energy . . . The final 50 meters I wanted to power through."
Fordham Prep won the team title, scoring 37 points. St. Anthony's was fourth, with25 points.