Even with her first potential trip to the state championships on the line, Andria Scaglione didn’t let the moment overwhelm her.
“My coach just told me to run my own race, no matter what anyone else was doing,” said the Oceanside runner after winning the 3,000 meters in 10 minutes, 25.37 seconds at the Nassau state qualifier at St. Anthony’s on Tuesday night. “So I just tried to be consistent.”
The junior led by a wide margin throughout much of the event to earn her first opportunity at a state title on March 3 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.
In a season of surprises for Scaglione, winning on Tuesday was the greatest thus far.
“I’ve been running the 3,000 since freshman year and I didn’t expect to break 10:40 this season,” Scaglione said. “But then I did and I just sort of kept going with it. I didn’t really expect to make states but I’m really happy that I did.”
Great Neck North’s Samantha Law also qualified for the state meet with a second-place finish of 10:28.88.
Chibugo Obichere of Valley Stream South was a double-winner in impressive fashion. After coming up victorious in the 55-meter hurdles (8.22 seconds), Obichere immediately strolled back to the start line and won the 55 (7.30).
Uniondale’s Zaria Fuller placed second in the 55-meter hurdles (8.49), and Imani Gray of Elmont was second in the 55 (7.33).
Lucy Hurt came up with a victory for Port Washington in the 1,000 in 3:00.46, and Emily Moehringer took second in 3:02.65.
DeAnna Martin of Valley Stream South won the 600 (1:35.94).
Oceanside found repeated success on the boys side, as Anthony Romeo placed first in the 55 hurdles (7.54). Asiel King of Uniondale came in a close second at 7.61 to qualify, as well.
For Romeo, the difference-maker was the final lean. “I was just thinking about leaning toward the end, because it’s really the key to win,” Romeo said.
Aidan Caggiano of Manhasset brought the crowd to a buzz with a late surge to win the 3,200 meters in 9:54.49.
“I knew the race was too tight, so I didn’t want to risk anything with anyone passing me last second,” Caggiano said. “I expected this to be a nice, tactical race that was a bit slower. I have a lot of confidence in my training and know what I’m capable of, so I know if I have that kick at the end I can just go.”
Caggiano was sure to soak in the moment after qualifying for the indoor state championships for the second time.
“This is definitely something special since it’s my senior year,” Caggiano said. “I want to prove my worth and get all-state and place as high as possible.”
North Shore’s Jack Rosencrans was second in 9:57.28.
Other winners included Clayton Santiago of Bethpage in the 1,000 (2:39.10) and Uniondale’s Christopher Borzor in the 55 (6.48).