The sense of uncertainty was palpable at the finish line after Tuesday’s girls 100 meters at the Nassau Class AA championships at Glen Cove High School. A hairline finish between Elmont’s Brianna Harris and Roosevelt’s Alyshia Henry required an official look at the photograph before a champ could be crowned.
But Harris didn’t need any fancy technology to justify her superiority. She had a feeling. Actually, more than that.
“I knew it,” she said.
And, indeed she did. Harris won in 12.59 seconds. Henry came in two milliseconds later, clocking a 12.61. Henry inched up on Harris in the final 40 meters, making the race virtually impossible to call without camera-assisted evidence.
“I felt her a lot,” Harris said of the late charge. “But I just had to keep within myself and not panic too much. If I had panicked, I wouldn’t have gotten the result I wanted.”
Later, Harris won two more events, taking the 200 in 25.45 seconds and, along with Imani Gray, Zhaneia Thybulle and Israel Phillips, won the 4x100-meter relay in 49.04 seconds.
Great Neck North’s Samantha Law also won two individual events, taking the 800 in 2:16.89 and the 1,500 in 4:43.33. In the 1,500, Law went out hard, running the first lap in 70 seconds, and pulled away from the runner-up, Manhasset’s Angeline Caamano (4:54.91), on the final lap.
“I was looking to go out hard, but 70 was a little faster than I thought,” Law said. “I was hoping for around 75. But it was OK. The race dictates itself. I’ve been stressing out over this for a long time. I hadn’t run a good 1,500 since January, so this is really big for me.”
Hewlett’s Patsy Iannico swept the hurdles, winning the 100 meters in 16.30 seconds and the 400 in 64 seconds.
Although the point values may change after Wednesday’s Nassau pole vault championships at South Side, the team champions will not. Hewlett won the girls crown and Manhasset dominated the boys section.
Manhasset’s Najon Dorsainvil won the triple jump, flying 44 feet, 4 1/4 inches and the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches to tie his personal best.
“I really tried to be explosive on my jumps,” Dorsainvil said. “My approach was much different (than usual). I got more speed. I came in at a faster pace and took up a little bit earlier, which gave me the ability to be more explosive.”
Roosevelt’s Corey Bull powered his way through two sprinting victories, the 100 in 10.95 seconds and the 200 in 22.23. He also anchored the 4X100 team, winning in 44.24 seconds with Timothy Santana, Dashawn Jackson and Deondre Barnes.