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Brentwood sprinter Alexia Douglas has confidence going to states

Brentwood's Alexia Douglas finishes first in the girls

Brentwood's Alexia Douglas finishes first in the girls 200 meter dash in a time of 25.04 seconds on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

There isn't any lack of confidence in Brentwood's Alexia Douglas. Douglas, who is the defending state Division I 100-meters champion, earned her trip back upstate after a 12.23-second victory at the Suffolk state qualifier, held Friday and Saturday at Port Jefferson High School.

Douglas will be at the New York State meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Cicero- North Syracuse High School in Cicero, looking to defend her small schools title and take her shot at the Federation crown.

"I'm going to beat everyone," she said. "No one gets any freebies from me. I'm going to do my best and defend my title. That's what I'm running for."

Douglas broke away from the rest of the pack in the final 50 meters of the race, winning by 0.19 of a second.

"I tried to move my arms as much as I could and worked on my form," Douglas said. "That's when the pull-away started coming."

Douglas also won the 200 in 25.04 seconds and was part of the winning 4 x 400 relay in 3:53.22 along with Shiseido Robinson, Cassie Gibbons and Natasia Almonacy.

Bay Shore's Imani McGhee won the triple jump, flying 38 feet, 8 inches, and the long jump in 19-21/2.

Unlike a standard one-day meet, McGhee only had to worry about one event per day. She competed in the long jump Friday and the triple jump Saturday.

"That helped," McGhee said of the break. "I got a lot of rest."

McGhee said she was concerned about her prospects in the triple jump because she has been struggling to master the second phase.

"That's the step," McGhee said. "It's a hop, skip and a jump. But my skip is literally one step. I don't stretch it out. I need that to get farther out into the pit."

McGhee's teammate Aviana Goode won the 100 hurdles in 14.54.

Other winners included North Babylon's Jessica Scheriff, in the 2,000 steeplechase in 6:55.30; her teammate D'Jai Baker, in the 400 in 55.34; Glenn's Sarah Hardie, in the 800 in 2:11.21; Kings Park's Shannon Ahern, in the 400 hurdles in 62.68; Connetquot's Erin Melly, who won the 3,000 in 10:16.41; and Miller Place's Tiana Guevara, who won the 1,500 in 4:30.43.

Hauppauge's Danielle Valenza won the discus with a toss of 117-9.

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