It was a weekend to remember as 14 Long Island athletes came home with 19 individual state and / or Federation championships. The relays were also represented as two of Long Island's squads came home with state titles in the 4 x 400.


*Sancho Barrett, Amityville, Sr., 110 hurdles: The Penn State-bound senior has the best 110-meter hurdle time (13.98) in the state this season. He won the state public schools Division I (14.02) and Federation title (14.26) a week later.

Kadesh Roberts, Bay Shore, Jr., 400 hurdles: Roberts made the most of his second trip to the state championship with a Federation title in the 400 hurdles (53.8).

Josh Trone, Long Beach, Sr., 100: Trone struggled a bit in the Division I finals, but recovered in time to win the 100 Federation title in 10.84 seconds.


Ieshawn Johnson, Baldwin, Sr., discus: Johnson posted the longest throw (182 feet) in the state earlier this season. He won the Division I championship with a toss of 178-7.

Joe Payton, Longwood, Sr., 400 hurdles: Payton completed a strong senior season, taking the Division I 400 hurdles championship in 53.46 seconds.

Brandon Reynolds, Kings Park, Sr., shot put: The Bucknell-bound senior capped a solid high school career with a toss of 53-6 to win the Division I title.


Southampton, 4 x 400: Southampton's quartet of seniors Nicholas Collazos, James Cowell, Owen Laub and junior Adrian Simioni won the Division II 4 x 400 title in 3:22.84.


Mary Kate Anselmini, Ward Melville, Sr., 2000 steeplechase: Anselmini continued her great career, winning the steeplechase Federation title (6:33.14). She is also the national record-holder (6:33.01), which she set at the Suffolk state qualifier.

*Valencia Hannon, Elmont, Jr., 100: Hannon, after breezing to the Division I 100-meter championship in 11.88 seconds, came back later to capture the Federation championship in a career and state-best time of 11.87 seconds.

*Joanna Koronios, Carle Place, Sr., discus: Koronios, the Nassau record-holder in the discus (150-6), won the Division II (146-0) and Federation title with a throw of 135-7.

*Melodee Riley, Riverhead, Jr., triple jump: Was a triple winner, taking home the triple jump Division I (39-9) and Federation title (39-3), as well as the long jump (18-9 3/4) Division I championship.

Michelle Rotondo, Garden City, Sr., 400 hurdles: Rotondo, after recovering from an illness that cut short her indoor season, rebounded to win the 400 hurdles Federation title in 1:00.62. She was also part of the Trojans' 4 x 400 Division I championship team.

Kaitlin Whitehorn, Glenn, Jr., high jump: Whitehorn's season came to a thrilling conclusion as she edged defending champ Joanna Imbert of Valley Stream Central for the Federation high jump title with a leap of 5-7.

Jennifer Halloran, Bay Shore, Sr., walk: Halloran earned All-American honors as she won the 1,500 walk national championship at the scholastic outdoor nationals in Greensboro, N.C. It was the second straight outdoor national championship for Halloran, who took first in 7:36.02.


Jessica Gelibert, Bay Shore, Jr., 400 hurdles: The talented and versatile junior took home the Division I 400 hurdles title in 1:00.72.

Garden City, 4 x 400: Garden City's 4 x 400 squad of freshman Laura Jaeger, eighth-grader Emma Gallagher, junio Taylor Hennig and senior Michelle Rotondo continued its strong relay tradition, taking the Division I title in 3:47.88.



Uzoamaka Aniagba, Valley Stream North, Sr., shot put: Aniagba saved her best for last as she won the Division II title with a toss of 41- 1/4 on her last attempt of the meet.

Mercy, 4 x 400: Mercy's foursome of seniors Kayleigh Macchirole, Olivia Schumann and Lauren Woodhull and junior Sasa Vann won the Division II championship in 3:57.43.

*Denotes Federation and Division public school champion