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Mason Gatewood takes 800 and 1,600 in CHSAA championships

Mason Gatewood of St. Anthony's legs out a

Mason Gatewood of St. Anthony's legs out a win in the boys 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.07 during the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA track and field league championships at St. Anthony's on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Credit: James Escher

Mason Gatewood’s back-and-forth 800-meter race made for high drama at St. Anthony’s on Saturday, and the roar of the crowd signaled that he’d have to leg out the final few meters.

The St. Anthony’s junior looked over his shoulder twice as Chaminade’s William Reich, who closed the gap coming down the straightaway, but as the finish line neared, Gatewood said he knew he had secured the victory — his second of the day and part of three at the CHSAA boys track championships.

“I stayed in another gear for the last 100 meters to make sure I could close it out,” said Gatewood, named meet MVP.

He got out to a quick lead before taking a brief moment in second. He broke out again and gave himself a varying 10-20 meter lead gap to work with over the final lap before winning in 2 minutes, .07 seconds. Reich came in 1.78 seconds later.

“I kept checking my shoulder to see where they were,” Gatewood said. “Then with 300 left I knew they were coming up on me.”

Earlier, he took the 1,600 in 4:20.68 over Kellenberg’s David Lozipone (4:23.68). He closed the meet as the anchor on the 4 x 800 team that won in 8:06.86.

All three performances played integral parts in St. Anthony’s 91 points and ninth-consecutive CHSAA title. Chaminade took second with 84 and St. John the Baptist had 53.

“This is definitely a huge meet for us,” Gatewood said. “We all had it marked on our calendars. A really big focus point in the season.”

Holy Trinity’s Jaden Antoine won the 100 in 11.09 seconds and the 200 in 22.33, edging out Chaminade runners both times: Jude Okonkwo (11.36) in the 100 and Joseph Reich (22.54) in the 200.

It was in the 200 that Antoine had the closest call, not having someone next to him in the adjacent lane to judge his place, but hearing the footsteps trailing behind.

“I was hoping that I’d have it,” Antoine said. “I knew that at least somebody would be close to me. I was praying they didn’t come up on me.”

St. Anthony’s Brendan Dearie won the 3,200 in 9:47.51. Teammate Bryant Lewis won the 110 hurdles in 15.59. St. John the Baptist’s Shichen Wang took the long jump with a 21-foot, 6 1⁄4-inch leap and Chaminade’s Dylan Ameres claimed the top spot in triple jump with a 43-1/2 distance.

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