Newsday Athlete of the Year: Alexandra Kelly, Rocky Point, Sr.
Kelly will be jumping for Princeton soon, but her records will be staying on Long Island. Kelly broke the state outdoor triple jump record at the state championships in June, marking 42 feet, 5 inches. The flight, which also clinched Kelly’s second state triple jump title of the school year, broke the previous record of 42-4, set by Westbury’s Marlene Ricketts in 2010, according to milesplit.com.
A week later, Kelly jumped 43-1/4 to win at New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
It’s only fitting that Kelly leaves Rocky Point as the best triple jumper in state history with many medals. As a junior, she was the best outdoor triple jumper in the state but, because of the pandemic, had no state championships to prove it in the pit. This year, she made up for that. On top of setting the outdoor state record and winning the championship, Kelly won the indoor state triple jump championship at 39-6 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in March.
Nassau Athlete of the Year: Ashley Fulton, Elmont, Soph.
Fulton was one of the most decorated athletes at the state outdoor championships earlier this month. And that was no surprise to anyone who watched her this school year. Fulton won the outdoor Federation 200 in 24.68 seconds, the Division I 200 in 24.23, and the Division I 100 in 12.14. The success came after she was a key member of the 4 x 200 relay victory at the state indoor championship. At those same championships, she was third in the 55 in 7.21.
Analisse Batista, Huntington, Sr.
The Arkansas-bound mid-distance standout won the 600 state Federation indoor championship in 1:32.94. She ran 1:32.85 at the Millrose Games, the fastest time of the winter season, according to milesplit.com.
Camylin Blake, Mepham, Sr.
Finished second in the 55 in 8.21 seconds at the state indoor championships. Blake was fourth in the 100 hurdles at the state Federation outdoor championships, running a 14.89.
Sofia Condron, Glenn, Sr.
The Rutgers commit was third in the state 800 championship in 2:11.08 and was 10th in the state 1,000 meet in 2:57.08 and 11th in the 600 at states in 1:38.43.
Leila Curtis, Half Hollow Hills East, Sr.
She threw the discus 121-1 to place second in the state Federation championship. Curtis tossed the shot put 39-2 1/2 to place third in the state indoor meet.
Marisa D’Angelo, St. Anthony’s, Sr.
D'Angelo won the state indoor pole vault championship, clearing 12-6 after an up-and-down winter season. The Towson-commit won the indoor (12-0) and outdoor (12-7) CHSAA Intersectional titles.
Tori Daniels, Valley Stream South, Jr.
She finished third in the state 300 championship in 40.66. in March. Daniels had the top 400 time (56.13) on Long Island this spring, according to milesplit.com.
Kate Del Gandio, Mount Sinai, Sr.
She was the best hurdler in the state this school year. The Albany-bound Del Gandio won both the indoor and outdoor short sprint hurdle in the state Federation championships. She clocked an 8.14 in the 55 hurdles in March and 14.81 to win the state 100 hurdles Federation title in June.
Gloria Guerrier, West Hempstead, Jr.
She won the state outdoor Division II 400 hurdles title in 1:03.79. Guerrier won the Nassau Class A outdoor championship in the same event, running a 1:03.55 — the fastest time on Long Island this spring, according to milesplit.com.
Megan Hoffman, Sachem East, Jr.
The best walker on Long Island, Hoffman placed an All-American second in 7:42.24 in the one-mile at New Balance Outdoor Nationals and an All-American fourth in the same event in 7:53.15 at New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Alyssa LeBron, Massapequa, Sr.
She was third in the state weight throw championship in March, tossing 47-4. Her toss of 49-2 3/4 at the Long Island Elite Meet in February was Long Island’s best mark of the indoor season, according to milesplit.com.
Zariel Macchia, Floyd, Fr.
The best distance runner on Long Island, Macchia won the two-mile in 10:17.09 at Nike Indoor Nationals in March. She was second in the two-mile in 10:08.50 at New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Gianna Marquez, Deer Park, Sr.
Marquez won the state outdoor Division I 400 hurdles championship in 1:04.78. She won the same event at the Long Island Meet of Champions in 1:04.99.
Desiree Pagan, Islip, Sr.
She won the state Division I discus championship, throwing 132-10. Pagan threw 140-3 at New Balance Outdoor Nationals, the longest throw on Long Island this spring, according to milesplit.com.
Leeann Redlo, Bayport-Blue Point, Sr.
She won the state outdoor Division II 100 hurdles championship in 14.61, the fastest time on Long Island this spring. She was third in the 55 hurdles in 8.15 seconds at Nike Indoor Nationals.
Lizzie Schreiber, Whitman, Jr.
She finished third in the triple jump at the state indoor championships in 38-5. Schreiber won the triple jump at the Suffolk large school indoor championships at 38-1.
Julia Schriefer, Wheatley, Sr.
One of the best distance runners on Long Island, Schriefer was third in the 1,500 in 4:34.47 and fourth in the 1,000 in 2:52.27 at the state indoor championships. The Brown commit won the 1,500 at the Nassau state outdoor qualifier in 4:34.94.
Allison Spalding, Commack, Sr.
One of the best all-around athletes on Long Island, she scored 3,242 points and won the pentathlon at New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Spalding was second in the pentathlon at the state outdoor championships with 3,223 points.
Julie Thomas, Commack, Jr.
She won the state indoor shot put championship, tossing 40-10 1/2. She won the Suffolk Class AA outdoor shot put (40-5) and discus (123-3) championships.
North Babylon’s 4 x 100 relay (Shannel and Shyanne Sibblies, Djoonicka Buissereth, Samara Lawrence)
They won the state Division I outdoor championship in 48.52. It was the second state championship for Shannel Sibblies, who also won the Division I 400 in 56.48.
Elmont’s 4 x 200 relay (Alexandra Williams, Stephney Pryce, Andre-Anna Rodney, Ashley Fulton)
The quartet emerged from a Long Island-heavy race to win the state indoor championship in 1:42.81 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in March. Ran 1:40.54 at New Balance Indoor Nationals in March, the fastest time in the state, according to milesplit.com.
Coach of the Year: Jeremiah Pope, Port Washington
Under Pope’s guidance, the program has been building towards major success for years. Now, it looks like it’s there. Port Washington won both the Nassau Class A indoor team championship and Nassau Class AAA outdoor championship, the first time since 2019 that both signature events have been held in the same school year.