ALBANY - Only a historic performance could keep Kellenberg's Jazmine Fray from a New York State Championship. Fray, a senior on her way to Texas A&M next season, finished second in 2 minutes, 10.35 seconds in the 800 meters at the New York State Track and Field Championships on Friday at the University at Albany.
Suffern's Kamryn McIntosh won in 2:05.63, breaking the meet record of 2:06.09, set by Benjamin Cardozo's Sabrina Southerland in 2013.
"I'm not even complaining," a smiling Fray said. "Of course, I want to win but I'm so happy with my time and I'm happy for Kamryn McIntosh. We talk sometimes and she's so nice. She's a great competitor."
McIntosh held a comfortable lead throughout the race, with Fray running second behind her through the first 400 meters. Once Fray cut in from her ninth-lane start, the farthest possible outside position, she kept her eyes squarely on McIntosh.
"It's hard to run in lane nine, but I try not to think about it," Fray said. "This was my last race and I wanted to do really well and go out with a bang. I found a way, and it was fine . . . I really wanted to go through my first lap in 61 seconds, and I did 60."
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Fray dropped to third place with 300 meters to go but retook second from Hamilton's Sage Hurta with 120 meters left. Hurta finished third in 2:11.77
Fray, who said she is not going to the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina next weekend, has run her final individual high school race. She'll run on Kellenberg's 4 x 800 relay team Saturday.
"I had a really good run," she said. "I had a really good freshman year and an amazing sophomore year. I did OK junior year, but I'm really happy with my senior year and the way I finished."
Sachem North's Leah Blackall won the Division I triple jump, leaping 39 feet, 61/2 inches. She'll compete in the Federation triple jump Saturday afternoon.
"I hit the board today and got a lot of height in my last phase," Blackall said.
Blackall hit the 40-foot plateau earlier in the year. She believes that extending her second phase Saturday will help her reach that distance again.
Three LI runners qualified for Saturday's Division I 100-meter hurdles final with notable performances in the trials. Bay Shore's Aviana Goode ran the fastest time of the afternoon, 14.45 seconds. Longwood's Crystal Henderson was third in 14.61 and St. Anthony's Alyssa Yeboah-Kodie was fourth in 14.92.
LuHi's Kennedy Kerr ran the fastest time in the Division II 100-meter trials, clocking 12.22.
Holy Trinity's Kristina Insingo placed second in the Division I discus, tossing 132-8. Rome Free Academy's Mariah Mays won, throwing 144-8.
After three events in the pentathlon, Bayport-Blue Point's Kathleen Cibuls is third with 1,965 points, 210 points behind the leader, Medgar Evers' Shayla Broughton. Cibuls finished the 100 hurdles in 15.52 seconds, cleared 5-31/4 in the high jump, and tossed the shot put 28-61/4.