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Kellenberg edges Chaminade at New Balance championship

Dylan Murphy of Kellenberg runs in the boys

Dylan Murphy of Kellenberg runs in the boys 4X800 meter run. (March 9, 2013) Credit: Steven Ryan

It was a two-team race between Kellenberg and Chaminade in the boys 4 x 800-meter relay at the New Balance championships at the Armory Saturday night.

In the end, Kellenberg's senior anchor Dylan Murphy was able to hold off the Flyers and secure first place with a time of 7:45.23. Chaminade finished in 7:45.62. Syosset was fourth in 7:49.92.

"I knew that kids were going to be coming on the anchor leg, so I tried to save a little bit," Murphy said. "I had enough to get him and tried a risky move with 50 meters left but it worked. It just means everything to us."

It was the last chance for a senior relay team including Murphy, James McQuade, Randall Turner and James Malebranche and it ended in victory.

Garden City jumped out to a big lead in the finals of the girls 4 x 800, but the gap slowly but surely shrunk -- when anchor Emma Gallagher grabbed the baton to start her leg, Garden City was in fifth place.

Gallagher caught everyone but Davis Track Club (Utah) as Garden City settled for second place with a time of 9:01.80.

"She's really good," Gallagher, a sophomore, said of Davis' final runner, Shea Martinez. "I tried but she was just really fast."

Davis finished in 8:56.57.

With a team consisting of freshman Emily O'Neill, sophomore Jennifer Gerland and junior Katie O'Neill, Garden City will be back strong next year.

"We were looking to win but second place at nationals is nothing to be ashamed of," Emily O'Neill said.

Northport set a Suffolk record in the boys 4 x 1-mile relay. Its time of 17:28.79 was good for fifth place overall and also set a new county mark, according to coach Jason Strom. Making the accomplishment even bigger was the fact that Northport ran the relay without its best miler, James Dickinson, who decided to run individually.

The Northport team was composed of sophomore Mikey Brannigan, junior Tim McGowan and seniors Chris Odin and David Hatch.

The St. Anthony's relay team placed fourth overall in the boys 1,600 sprint medley. Junior anchor Sebastian Pierre ran a 1:55.28 for his split and he was joined on the team by juniors Thomas Louro, Marlon Montague and Mozai Nelson. The team completed the race in 3:29.34, a CHSAA record.

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