Twenty-three hundred meters. Two gold medals. Yes, it was a pretty good Saturday for Kellenberg's Jazmine Fray. Fray won the 800 in 2 minutes, 16.72 seconds and the 1,500 in 4:58.30 at the Knight-Time Invitational Saturday at Uniondale High School.
Fray and Brooklyn Tech's Ejiro Ojeni battled it out for the 800 crown. Ojeni spent the majority of the race inches from Fray, peaking over her shoulder, waiting for any sign of weakness. And it never came.
"It felt fine," Fray said of the close competition. "It felt good to have someone to push me. You can feel them on your shoulder and hear their spikes going into the track."
Despite the close visitor, Fray's 800 went according to plan, all the way down to the victory.
"The goal was to get out in 65 [seconds] and I got out in exactly 65," she said.
Despite minor fatigue, Fray was able to pull away in the final 200 meters.
"My legs were burning, but you just have to push through it," she said.
Then, after about an hour break, Fray took on the 1,500.
"You just have to be patient," Fray said of the race. "Mentally, I felt fine. I've done the 1,500 before. I always just think that it's going to make me stronger for my 800."
Fray said that it was that patience that helped her cross the finish line in first.
"I saw [St. John the Baptist's Kate McCormack] go ahead of me and there was a little bit of a gap," Fray said. "It didn't really scare me. Even though it was windy, I knew that I had to go."
She did, chasing down McCormack, who finished second in 4:59.28.
Fray was only part of a banner day for Kellenberg. Melany Belot was a triple winner. Belot took the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet, 5 1/4 inches, the 100 hurdles in 15.65 seconds, and was part of the 4 x 100 shuttle hurdle relay team that won in 1:03.72. The team also included Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney and Gabby Schreib.
There was truly no rest for the weary on this day. As soon as Belot finished her triple jump triumph, she rushed over to run the first leg of the shuttle hurdle relay.
"That's what happens when you can do multiple events," Belot said. "I just went right on the line and we won."
In fact, it was a big day for Catholic schools in general.
Our Lady of Mercy's Charlotte Molloy ran all alone in route to a 10:51.57 victory in the 3,000, almost a full minute ahead of the rest of the field.
"I knew it was early in the season, so I took it out how I felt comfortable and tried to stick with it," Molloy said. "I tried to picture people in front of me."
Holy Trinity's Erin Byrne won the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:58.02. Her teammate, Kristina Insingo, won the discus, tossing 119 feet.