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Bay Shore continues dominance with another League II girls track title

Imani McGhee of Bay Shore placed second in

Imani McGhee of Bay Shore placed second in the Triple Jump. (Jan. 26, 2014) Credit: Daniel De Mato

A Bay Shore league championship is as close to a constant as anything in girls track. The Mauraders showed their dominance again Sunday, scoring 149.5 points en route to the League II title at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.

Overall, it was Bay Shore's 24th league championship in a row. According to coach Steve Borbet, that includes every League II title since the program moved there in 2000.

"People may say it's a lot of pressure, but it's more like doing your job," Bay Shore's Anisa Toppin said. "It's coming to the meet and doing what you're supposed to be doing, just like any other meet, and that's what we do. If you think about it as pressure, you usually mess up. We go in thinking that we'll do what we have to, what we know we can do, and we end up winning."

And Bay Shore didn't just win, they broke records. Toppin won the triple jump with a mark of 38 feet, 61/2 inches. The effort broke the League II championship meet record of 37-113/4. set by Northport's Lauren Krivacy last season.

Toppin said that she was told what the record was before her jumps.

"I heard the [number] and knew I could beat it," she said. "[I thought] why not go out there and break it?"

Toppin credited her distance to maintaining consistent speed down the runway.

"One of the keys is that my second phase should be heel-to-toe," she said. "That's what I did today."

Bay Shore's Imani McGhee joined in on the fun. McGhee won the long jump in 18-6. The mark broke the meet record of 18-11/2, set by Connetquot's Meredith DeGennaro in 1998. McGhee said she got off to a slow start early in the day, but things clicked on her third jump.

"I went back to my original mark and just ran faster," McGhee said. "I was going after the meet record and was not going to back down. I was surprised that it was only 18 feet, one-and-a-half inches. That's low for me so far this season."

McGhee and Toppin traded first and second place in both events. Toppin took second in the long jump in 17-101/2; McGhee was second in the triple in 36-8.

Bay Shore swept all three jumping events. Aviana Goode won the high jump, clearing 5-2. Erica Silhan took second, clearing 5-0. Goode and Silhan also went one-two in the 55 hurdles. Goode won in 8.96 seconds; Silhan was behind her in 9.51.

Only a sophomore, Goode is primed to help keep the league championship streak alive.

"This is a big thing for me because I have two more years," she said. "I have better things in the future."

Bay Shore's 4 x 200 relay team, comprised of Goode, Toppin, Patrice Baston and Rachel Mihlstin, won in 1:52.25.

Connetquot finished second and Half Hollow Hills East was third.

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