Sean Grady wanted to end his East Meadow career on a high note. Thanks to a late surge, he did.
Grady used a kick with 100 meters to go to win the 1,600 Wednesday in the Nassau state qualifiers at Westbury. Grady clocked an even 4:26, edging out Manhasset's Stephen Bourguet (4:26.18) to earn a spot in the state meet at Cicero-North Syracuse on June 8-9.
"It's my last year," Grady said. "Now I can say that I graduated being successful, with no regrets."
Grady and Bourguet hung back in the pack early. Bourguet made his move just beyond halfway and opened up a 30-meter lead on Grady and Eric Ratner of Clarke as they approached the final lap.
Ratner made a move with about 350 meters to go, and Grady followed. "When Ratner passed me, it helped push me up closer to Bourguet," Grady said. "It worked out perfectly."
Grady passed Ratner with 250 to go and then passed Bourguet about 3 meters from the finish line.
"Me and him have had a lot of drama over the years, a lot of back-and-forth," Grady said. "To end my career beating someone as good as him, it's just amazing."