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Melany Belot wins three events, leading Kellenberg girls to CHSAA Outdoor crown

Kellenberg's Melany Belot takes first in the 400

Kellenberg's Melany Belot takes first in the 400 m intermediate hurdles. (May 18, 2013) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Melany Belot's goals are pretty simple.

"I just want to be the best," she said. "I want to be No. 1 and it's hard work and dedication all the time."

Belot and her Kellenberg teammates were No. 1 Sunday, putting up an impressive 70 points to be crowned the champions of the CHSAA Outdoor Intersectional City championships in girls track at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island.

"We're such a dedicated team," Belot said. "We work so hard to compete here all season."

The hard work paid off as she won three events -- the triple jump (37 feet, 6 inches), the 100-meter hurdles (15.09 seconds) and the 400 hurdles (1:06.66).

"She was our leader and she has been during this championship season," Firebirds coach Marty Brown said. "She leads the kids in warm-ups during the week so her leadership is not only her performance but her example."

St. Anthony's finished in second place with 50 points and Holy Trinity was third with 38.

Both of those schools also had double winners. St. Anthony's Melissa June dominated the sprints, winning the 100 in 12.30 and the 200 in 25.08.

"I have no strategy whatsoever," June said describing how she attacks her races. "I just run and work through the pain and work though the wind and work on my form."

Caroline Brown of Holy Trinity also won two events, taking home the championship in the 800 (2:14.81) and the 1,500 (4:41.79.) In both races, she was neck-and-neck with Kellenberg's Jazmine Fay and won by .07 seconds in the 800 and pulled away to win the 1,500 by 2.01 seconds.

"I was getting ready to settle back and let her do her thing but then I thought, 'Wait, I can actually win this,' " Brown said of the 1,500. "So I just really pushed myself even more and I wanted it so badly and I was fortunate that I was able to do it."

And do it she did, adding more gold to an already successful spring season.

The other winners from Long Island were Kristen Lavallee of St. John the Baptist in the 400 (59.15), the SJB 4 x 400 relay team (4:04.65) and the Kellenberg 4 x 800 relay team (9:47.53).

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