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Calhoun's Chris Landi takes second in mile at Hispanic Games

Paolo Fiore from St. John The Baptist comes

Paolo Fiore from St. John The Baptist comes in third in the boys varsity one mile run in a time of 4:25.73 during the Hispanic Games at the Armory in New York. (Jan. 5, 2013) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

As the saying goes, it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Calhoun's Chris Landi would most certainly disagree.

Landi, a senior, finished second in the varsity mile at yesterday's Hispanic Games at the Armory, completing the race in 4 minutes, 24.92 seconds.

"I didn't go out too fast, which is what I like to do," said Landi, who won his heat. "When it came down to the last two laps, I was able to take [the race] over."

A good start is especially important at large indoor venues such as the Armory.

"If you don't get out [fast], you can get pushed around and fall," coach David Hendler said. "We worked on getting out fast and getting a good start all week."

Landi took all that coaching to heart, impressing his coach.

"He was phenomenal. He ran a perfect race," Hendler said.

St. John the Baptist's Paolo Fiore came in third in the event, running 4:25.73.

Miller Place's Nick Hirdt was fifth in 4:27.57. Chaminade's Thomas Slattery and Gunnar Nolan, and Garden City's Andrew Morra rounded out the Long Island-heavy top 10.

Eastport-South Manor's Tom Meehan was able to overcome a slow start to finish in the top five in the highly competitive invitational mile. A major move at the half-mile mark was the key in his 4:19.64, fourth-place finish.

"I got a bad start," Meehan said. "But when I was planning on making moves in the race to get up in the order, I did it. I'm happy with it."

Chaminade's Sean Kelly finished sixth in the race, running 4:21.79.

Northport's Tim McGowan finished second in the invitational two-mile, clocking 9:33.03.

McGowan's race was based on one, singular focus -- being the best.

"I wanted to focus more on competing and less on improving my time," he said. "I use my teammates to help me build my speed in practices, which is what I was lacking a lot last season."

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