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Chaminade's Thomas Slattery wins 3200 at CHSAA Championships

Chaminade's Thomas Slattery places first in the boys

Chaminade's Thomas Slattery places first in the boys 3,200-meter run in 9:35.11 at the CHSAA Intersectional Indoor Track and Field Championships. (Feb. 17, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Those who believe that weekends are for sleep and relaxation clearly don't run track. There's no rest in this sport, and the weary seldom cross the finish line happy. Just ask Chaminade's Thomas Slattery. Only hours after running in the 4 x 800-meter relay at Saturday's Millrose Games in Manhattan, the junior was back on the track Sunday -- this time at St. Anthony's -- running in the 3,200 meters at the CHSAA Intersectional Championships.

"It's pretty tough," Slattery said of the quick turnaround. "But I got the eight hours of sleep last night that I wanted. Today, I raced against a lot of the guys who were there last night. We were all in the same boat. "

Slattery won that 3,200, in 9 minutes, 35.11 seconds, helping Chaminade win the championship, edging St. Anthony's, 29-28.

"Going into the first mile, I wanted to stay in the top four, so I was still within striking distance," Slattery said. "It was pretty tight in the first mile, then it started to string out."

With four laps to go: "I went outside in the second lane and pushed past [the field] in one move. I just sprinted ahead and didn't bother to look back. I just kept going and going."

Sean Kelly and Gunnar Nolan finished first and second in the 1,000. Kelly ran a 2:33.96, and Nolan 2:34.79.

"With about two laps to go, I started picking up the pace," Kelly said. "Through the last lap, I could hear [Kellenberg's Randall Turner] breathing behind me, so I knew I had to pick it up and tried to hold on."

Thanks to a late kick, Nolan grabbed second, edging Turner by one-tenth of a second.

"With a little less than 400 meters, I started making a move," Nolan said. "It was tough, [Turner's] a great runner, I just barely got him. I just threw my shoulder over the finish line."

The St. Anthony's girls edged Kellenberg, 57-55.

"This is so important to us," said senior Victoria Pileggi, who placed first in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 2 inches. "This is what we trained for all season. We put in so much work for this."

Alexis Fernandez won the triple jump in 38-4 and Melissa June won the 55 meters in 7.22 seconds. June participated in two events at the Millrose Games, so she had to operate on pure adrenaline on her way to Sunday's victory.

"I was exhausted from running yesterday, so it felt good to win," June said.

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