The 400-meter hurdles are no match for Kellenberg’s Gabby Schreib. Last week, the senior broke the school record in the event. Saturday morning, she won it in the CHSAA girls track and field championships in 64.27 seconds at St. Anthony’s High School.
Last week’s record performance, a 63.11 time at the North Shore Invitational, gave the Fordham-bound senior a tremendous confidence boost entering Saturday’s opening event.
“I started off strong like I wanted to,” Schreib said. “I knew I had to get out fast to finish fast . . . [Sacred Heart’s] Ellen Byrnes is a really good competitor. I’m happy I had her to push me. But, I held my ground and won.”
Byrnes was second in 64.28 seconds.
Hours after her 400-hurdles victory, Schreib was involved in one of the better races of the meet, the 100 hurdles. She got out fast, but was caught at the final hurdle by St. Anthony’s Alyssa Yeboah-Kodie. Yeboah-Kodie won in 14.79 seconds. Schreib was second in 15.01, a personal best, she said.
Schreib, who also came in fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 10 1⁄2 inches, helped Kellenberg win the team championship with 89.5 points. St. John the Baptist (80.5) was second.
Schreib’s teammate, Deirdre Lewin, was voted track MVP. She won the 3,000 in 10:56.02. Shortly after, she ran a 61-second anchor leg on the winning 4 x 400-relay team. Lewin, along with Sarah Newman, Tori Duignan, and Kierstan Cote, finished in 4:08.68.
The two victories, at least in part, were spurred by the disappointment of finishing second in the 1,500. St. John’s Erin Endres won in 4:51.58. Lewin finished in 4:54.11.
“Erin ran a great race and got me at the end. I kind of let her go,” Lewin said of the 1,500. “Coming into the 3K, I knew I had to stay right with her, stay right on pace. With 600 meters to go, I took off and didn’t look back.”
Endres was second in the 3,000 in 11:03.60. Lewin’s younger sister, Maureen, won the 800 in 2:20.12.
St. Anthony’s Samantha Stetz won the field MVP award. She took the pole vault by clearing 9-6, and the triple jump in 36- 1⁄2.
Stetz’s teammate Halle Hazzard won the 100 in 12.06 and the 200 in 25 flat. Hazzard said that her form, something she has been working on all season, is beginning to peak.
“It just felt easier,” Hazzard said. “I’m trying to open up my arms and relax my shoulders. I have a habit of running with my chin down. This week, I made sure to run with it up. It felt like you’re gliding.”
A comfortable Hazzard is a scary thought to anyone trying to unseat her. The junior already has the top 100 time in the state this season, running an 11.72 last month.
Holy Trinity’s 4 x 100 team, composed of Kim Peragine, Aries Burrell, Dom Kelly, and Victoria St. John, won in 48.66 seconds, the fastest time on Long Island this season, according to milesplit.com.