When the news became official, jumping for joy was a popular form of expression for the Valley Stream North girls track team. It was a little before 11 Tuesday night when the words came booming down from the speakers high above the St. Anthony's track.
"And your 2014 Nassau Class B champions, Valley Stream North."
The outcome looked like it was headed in that direction for the better part of an hour, but there's nothing quite like an official announcement. Valley Stream North had defeated North Shore, 87-76, and all that was left to do was jump.
And that was fine because, after all, jumping had been a big reason why they were champions, having swept the three events in route to a title.
Anointing Onuoha won the triple jump, going 37 feet, 41/4 inches, and the long jump, flying 18-51/2. Elaina Hobbs won the high jump, clearing 5-3. Hobbs was third in the long jump at 16-6 and third in the triple jump at 34-2.
"I was confident with my steps," Hobbs said. "I went into the competition feeling like I had it. I felt like I [showed off] everything that my coaches have taught me."
Angeli Andre was second in the high jump, clearing 5-1.
"I had more pep in my step," Andre said. "I jumped up, arched my back and ran full speed. This was the county championships and I wanted it so badly. This was my dream. I love doing what I do."
Andre also finished fifth in the long jump, flying 15-5 3/4 and fourth in the 300 meters in 43.40 seconds. Friends Academy's Candace Taylor won the 300 in 41.80 seconds.
Valley Stream North scored 20 points in the 1,500-meter walk. Allison McConville won it in 7 minutes, 36.46 seconds. Yasmin Dubissette was second in 7:49.99. Chelsea Polanco finished fifth in 9:00.21.
But the closest finish of the evening did not involve a Spartan. The 55 meters featured a top-four finish so close that it took more than 10 minutes for officials to sort it out.
Glen Cove's Kiana Watson topped Roosevelt's Ashe Davis by two one-thousandths of a second. Watson won in 7.5867 seconds. Davis finished in 7.5887. West Hempstead's Nina Boria was third in 7.5927 and Manhasset's Kathryn Hallett finished fourth in 7.5947.