Throughout the four-year history of the Rhode Island Classic, Bay Shore and Sachem North have dominated the high jump relay. So far, there isn't any indication that the two will let a third team into the mix.
Bay Shore's Aviana Goode, Erica Silhan, and Nailah Braxton jumped a combined 15 feet, 4 inches at Saturday's annual installment in Providence -- breaking the meet record set by Sachem North in 2011.
Goode and Silhan both jumped 5-2. Braxton rounded out the trio, soaring 5-0.
"The goal is to be able to clear 5 feet," coach Steve Borbet said. "To be able to have three girls clear that in the same meet is pretty exciting. That was a goal of ours."
Bay Shore relishes the friendly competition between the two schools, especially miles away from home.
Bay Shore's Imani McGhee won the triple jump in 37-11/4.
McGhee's distance is the best in Suffolk this season. McGhee's early-season progression in the event has set her up well for the larger meets in January and February.
While Sachem North placed second to Bay Shore in the high jump relay, the Flaming Arrows stood alone in the 55 meters. Junior Melissa Michels won the event in 7.38 seconds. Her preliminary time of 7.35 was the fastest of the day and was a career best for Michels, according to Sachem North coach Alex Young.
Michel's teammate Alyssa Leto placed fifth in 7.55 seconds.
With hearts racing, the two teammates made their way to the 300-meter starting line -- scheduled to start five minutes after the 55.
Rest? What rest?
"We were definitely tired," Michels said. "But we were able to get through it because of the training that our coaches give us. We were prepared."
If the two were tired, they didn't show it. Michels placed eighth, posting a 43.01. Leto finished with a career-best time of 44.85, good for 14th.
"We've spent the first part of our season concentrating on strength," Young said. "They're running longer distances with shorter rest periods. A big part of it is Melissa's work ethic. Outstanding."
Uniondale's 4 x 200 relay team of Crystal Green, Kasesha Roberts, Timaya Forehand and Kristina Cherrington took second in 1:47.25, the fastest by an L.I. team this season, according to Uniondale coach Leigh Pollet.
Bay Shore's boys team also turned in some impressive performances. Junior Omari Buckmire was named field MVP after winning the long jump and the triple jump.
Bay Shore's Matthais Eato, Kelvin De Los Santos, Kareem Roberts and Emmet Farnan came in second in the sprint medley relay in 3:48.1