The final image of Diana Vizza’s winter season saw her smiling on a podium, with a crown on her head, as she achieved All-American status in the two mile at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
The beginning of the spring marks the first steps of a journey the North Shore distance standout hopes will end in another crown – a triple crown.
A state championship at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in June would give Vizza three state titles in three different seasons. She won the Class B public school cross country championship at Monroe-Woodbury High School in November and the Federation 1,500 meter championship at Cornell University in March.
“I don’t know if that was the goal in the beginning of the year,” Vizza said with a laugh. “I try to take it step by step. I’ll definitely try to perform well at spring states too. I’m also looking forward to Penn Relays and counties and things like that. I want to stay healthy, train, get better, and improve upon my winter performances.”
Freshman Caroline Reiner’s career is just getting started. Reiner placed second in both the 55 meter dash (7.58) and 55 meter hurdles (9.05) at the Nassau Class B indoor championships. North Shore is going for its seventh consecutive spring county title, coach Neal Levy said. Last year’s Nassau Class A-I championship team totaled 156 points.
Valley Stream North was second in the Class A-I championship last spring and won the Nassau Class B Championship this past winter. Angeli Andre won the indoor county title in high jump (5-2), long jump (16-7), and the 300 meters (41.54). Emily Martino is the returning spring 400 meter hurdles (66.33) and 400 meter dash (59.06) champion. The Spartans entered this season 147-2 in league meets since 2006, coach Mike Frazier said.
Uniondale is the defending spring Nassau A-III and winter Nassau Class A champion. Asia Jinks won three county titles this winter, taking gold in the 55 meter hurdles (8.65), long jump (17- 11.5), and triple jump (38-9.75). Uniondale also won both the 4x200 meter and 4x400 meter relays. Kristina Cherington is the defending spring Nassau A-III 400 meter champion (58.56).
Garden City won Nassau A-II last spring for its eighth consecutive title. Senior Steph Gerland is the defending A-II 1,500 meter (4:53.11) and 3,000 meter (11:01.20) champion. Tianna Biscone will compete in all three jumps, the hurdles and the pentathlon. Nicole Moody is strong in the long and triple jump, and the 100 and 200 meters.
Sachem East has taken the reigns as Suffolk’s major powerhouse as the defending spring Division I champion and winner of the large school championship in the winter. Lauren Harris established herself as the best indoor racewalker in the country, winning a national championship and setting a national record. Alexandra DeCicco is one of the top distance runners on Long Island. She is the defending spring Division I champion in the 800 (2:17.08), 1,500 (4:43.11), and 3,000 meter (10:18.77) races. Valerie Romero won the indoor large schools 3,000 meters, running a 10:19.84 in February.
Aviana Goode will lead Bay Shore in their quest to take back Suffolk County’s largest division. Goode is the defending Division I state long jump champion and flew 19 feet, 1/4 of an inch in the winter. Caelyn Reilly can score in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters.
Huntington, which won its second consecutive Suffolk small school championship this winter, is the defending spring Division II champion – edging East Islip by two points last May. Latoya Shand and Marina Ruzic return for the spring after being part of the 4x200 meter indoor team that won the small school title in 1:49.12. Alex Koumas is a strong 400 hurdler.
Bayport-Blue Point has won five consecutive county championships, including 126 points to win Division III last season. Kathleen Cibuls is the defending state pentathlon champion, scoring 3,425 points last season. She achieved All-American status this winter, scoring 3,367 points in the pentathlon at New Balance Indoor Nationals. Taylor Gensler is the defending Suffolk Division III long jump champion, flying 17 feet, 11 1/4 inches last May.
St. Anthony’s is the class of the CHSAA. The Friars dominated the league’s Intersectional championships in February. Halle Hazzard is one of the top sprinters in the state. She finished second in the 55 meters at March’s indoor state championships, clocking a 6.99. Olivia Seifert won the Intersectional weight throw, tossing 49-4. Seifert also will throw the discus.
Deirdre Lewin leads Kellenberg. She won the 1,000 meters at indoor intersectionals, clocking a 3:00.47. Erin Endres is St. John the Baptist’s top distance runner. She was second to Lewin in the intersectional 1,000 in 3:01.03.