On most days, Kellenberg's Deirdre Lewin and Jazmine Fray are joined at the hip. Training partners, they waltz around the school's track, preparing for big weekend races. So as another big weekend race came to a close Saturday at the Armory in Manhattan, it was no surprise to see the two barreling down the final straight -- joined at the hip.
Fray won the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes, 59.67 seconds at the Molloy Stanner Games. Lewin, who was a half step behind her for most of the race, was third in 2:59.93. Mercy's Meg Tuthill edged between them at the line and took second in 2:59.90.
"It's hard not to become best friends with your teammates," Fray said. "Because, they're everything. You work out with them all the time and are with them at the meets."
And who did Fray hand off to during the Firebirds' 9:30.45 4 x 800 relay triumph? Lewin, of course -- who took Fray's 2:18 third-leg lead and rolled toward a 2:20 anchor leg with the victory never in doubt.
"I knew that Jazzy [Fray] gave me a big lead, so I couldn't get comfortable and settle," Lewin said. "I just kept pushing, trying to take it down a few seconds with every lap."
Nora Bennett and Emily O'Hara both ran personal bests starting off the relay. Bennett led off, running 2:26 and O'Hara ran second, clocking a 2:23.
Holy Trinity's Kristina Insingo won the invitational shot put with a 45 foot, 3 1/2-inch toss, breaking the meet record of 44-1/2, set by Longwood's Betty Williams in 2007.
Bayport-Blue Point's Kathleen Cibuls defended her Molloy Stanner 600 title in 1:36.91. She won at last year's games in 1:36.94.
"I pushed myself more than I usually do," Cibuls said. "I really had to arm drive."
Manhasset's Kayleigh Caggiano won the 1,600 in 5:22.59. Bay Shore's Aviana Goode won the 55 hurdles in 8.19. Smithtown East's Jaclyn Gallery placed second in the 3,000 in 10:14.37. The time broke the school record of 10:20.6, set by Jessica Hampson during the 1999-2000 season, coach Greg Schepanski said.