St. Anthony’s Halle Hazzard knew that seven seconds would not be enough. Yes, it was good enough to win the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA 55-meter title last Sunday, but it would not quite hit the mark at the more competitive and prestigious CHSAA indoor track intersectional championships, held Saturday at the newly-christened Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island, opened in November.
To win at what is known at the ‘Catholic States,’ she would have to dip into the sixes. And, never one to shy away from a challenge, she did just that — clocking in at 6.93 seconds to win the 55 title. The time broke her own facility record, a 6.94 run on Dec. 30.
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Later in the meet, Hazzard became a double winner at the 87th edition of the event with a 300 win in 39.07. Hazzard was named the most outstanding track athlete of the meet.
Hazzard trained with starting blocks in preparation for the 55, using the week between the two major Catholic school championships to refine her starting technique.
“It gave me the extra push,” said Hazzard, who ran a 7.04 in the preliminaries. “I got out of them really well. It really pushed me to get ahead and cross that line.”
Hazzard said she plans to use blocks when she runs in the state championships, scheduled for March 5 at Cornell University in Ithaca.
“They do help your time a lot,” Hazzard said. “Now is the time when I have to start really pushing to get past 6.9 [seconds].”
Hazzard’s victory helped St. Anthony’s take the girls team title, with 65 points. They scored points all over the facility. Melissa Capri won the pole vault, clearing 9 feet, 6 inches. Olivia Seifert won the weight throw, tossing 49-4.
“I tried to keep it really light and fast today and I think that really worked for me,” Seifert said.
Kellenberg’s Deirdre Lewin won the 1,000 in 3:00.47. She outpaced St. John the Baptist’s Erin Endres on the final straightaway. Endres was second in 3:01.03.
St. Anthony’s also won on the boys side with 36 points. The Friars set the tone early with Ryan Kutch and Freddie Buckholtz taking the first two spots in the 3,200. Kutch won in 9:09.94 and Buckholtz was second in 9:18.38.
The two jumped out to a very quick lead, running all alone after 1:30 into the longest race of the day. By 3:06 in, the lead had widened to a full straightaway.
St. Anthony’s Liam Ackerman won the pole vault, clearing 14 feet. Holy Trinity’s Jeffrey Young won the 55 hurdles in 7.64 seconds.