All Kristina Insingo needed to do to change her luck was change her shoes. After what she thought was a subpar beginning to her winter season, the Holy Trinity thrower decided she needed to do something -- and fast.
"I couldn't get comfortable in the circle," she said. "I kept falling out of it. I just couldn't get it down."
So being that the problem appeared to be footing, she went straight to the source, her shoes. Insingo's new pair is less slick on the bottom, allowing her to slow up her footwork in the circle.
And the dividends have already begun to show. Insingo, in only her second meet with new kicks on her feet, won the shot put at the Hispanic Games Saturday at the Armory in Manhattan, throwing 45 feet, 10 3/4 inches. It was the second-best mark of her high school career, she said.
The change in footwear was made with the Armory in mind, a place where she makes a large number of appearances.
"The circle at the Armory is so fast," she said. "It helped me get more traction and it helped me get around better."
The slower circle speed allows Insingo to kick in the middle of her throw, thus getting across the circle faster.
"The shoes helped, but it was also improving my leg kick out of the back," she said. "I worked on that for a long time and that really helped."
Kings Park's Allie Bennett won the walk in 7:09.52.
On the track, Long Islanders put forth times that inspired encouragement for the rest of the winter season. Smithtown East's Jaclyn Gallery finished fourth in the invitational mile, running 5:09.86.
"I knew the race was going to start out really fast," Gallery said. "I tried to keep a steady pace, my goal was to run 38 seconds per lap and I pretty much did. I tried to stay behind everybody and tried to let them set the pace."
Gallery said that because it's early in the season, her training isn't yet on "full blast."
"It's been pretty steady," she said. "But really hard, too. This week, I'm going to start picking it up and start hitting faster splits on my workouts.
"I'm pretty happy where I'm at. I want to get about 10 seconds faster. But I think I can do it."
Uniondale's 4 x 200 relay team, composed of Crystal Green, Kristina Cherrington, Asia Jinks and Brianna McGregor, finished fourth in 1:43.12.
"We're coming together really well," Jinks said.
McGregor, who, as a freshman is the youngest, said: "I kind of look up to my teammates and try to be like them. I really like running with them."
Kellenberg's Jazmine Fray finished seventh in the invitational 400 in 57.51 seconds. It was her best 400 indoor time and her second-fastest overall 400 time, she said.
"I'm happy with the race," she said. "I'm always looking to run a faster 400 because it helps with the 800. The 400 helps with my speed work and you have to be really strong."