St. Anthony’s Halle Hazzard and Alyssa Farrell swept the Most Outstanding Performer awards, and the Friars edged Kellenberg, 51-49, in the CHSAA Intersectional Championships Saturday at Randall’s Island’s Icahn Stadium.
Hazzard was a double-winner, taking the 100 and 200 in times of 11.9 and 24.23 seconds, respectively. St. John the Baptist’s Zhanna Green finished second in the 100 in 12.57, and Green’s teammate, Brittney Stokes, placed second in the 200 in 25.9.
Farrell, who placed seventh in the discus, blew away the field in the javelin with a throw of 115-2. Maria Regina’s Anya Diones was second at 106-5.
“The girls stepped up,” St. Anthony’s coach Olivier St. Aude said. “We’re down some kids this year, but it’s a great meet across the board with Kellenberg and Notre Dame. They definitely had us on our toes.”
For Hazzard, the meet was an opportunity to fine-tune her techniques. She and St. Aude said they had been working on her turnover and her hip positioning.
“I feel like today I actually got to practice what I do in practice and I think it really worked out,” Hazzard said. “I think my turnover was better today. I felt better on the 200. My time improved so it was a good day.”
Kellenberg closed the gap with a pair of dominant relay performances. First, the quartet of Julia Bryant, Maya Richardson, Grace Browne and Maureen Lewin won the 4 x 800 by 13 seconds with a time of 9:45.09. Gabby Buissereth, Torie Duignan, Kiersten Cote and Chrissy Foster followed by winning the 4x400 in 4:00.93, nearly nine seconds ahead of second-place St. Anthony’s.
“It was really great,” Duignan said. “We worked so hard for this. It’s a great way to end here and keep going for the rest of the season.”
After placing second in the 4 x 100 last spring and in the winter, the St. John the Baptist quartet of Stokes, Green, Ann-Isabelle Eustach and Marisa Pollock topped the field in 50.02 seconds.
“We were here for the win,” coach David Wood said. “The leadoff leg [Stokes] took second in the 200 behind Halle. The second leg [Green] took second in the 100 behind Halle. Leadoff and anchor [Pollock] were seniors. We took second place last year. We took second place in winter. It was nice to win.”