Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island girls track team for the 2015 spring season.
LI RUNNER OF THE YEAR: FAITH PENNY, East Islip, Sr.
No one on Long Island was more perfect than Penny this year. Two seasons, two New York State championships. It just doesn't get any better. Penny won the state Federation indoor high jump in March, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches. The title came after Penny missed the first month and a half of the season while recovering from knee surgery. "I had to work really hard," she said, reflecting on her journey back to health after winning the winter state title. "But, I was lucky enough to jump the state qualifying height on my first jump back (this winter). I jumped five feet, three inches my first time back at Suffolk (Community College in Brentwood)."
Penny won the Suffolk Small School indoor high jump championship, clearing 5-4, and placed fifth at New Balance Nationals in March, clearing 5-6 1/2.
Healthy and ready to defend her state title, the West Virginia-bound senior won the New York State Division I high jump last week at SUNY-Albany, clearing 5-8. She won the Suffolk Division II Championship, clearing 5-4, and took first at the state qualifier, clearing 5-6.
NASSAU RUNNER OF THE YEAR: PAIGE DUCA, Friends Academy, Sr.
Duca was the only LI girl to win an indoor state title on the track, taking the 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 36.42 seconds. The state championship came only a few weeks after she won the Nassau Class B indoor 1,000 championship in 3:01.69 and 1,500 championship in 4:40.17. She won the 1,500 at the indoor state qualifier in 4:47.26.
When word came down that Friends Academy's graduation ceremony would prevent Duca from running in the New York State spring 1,500 championship, Duca adjusted and opted for the 800. She qualified for the state championships by running a 2:16.44 on the first day of the Nassau state qualifier.
LEAH BLACKALL, Sachem North, Jr.
Blackall won the Federation triple jump at the New York State Track and Field Championships, flying 38-11 1/4. She also won the Division I triple jump, going 39-6 1/2. Blackall won the Suffolk Division I long jump championship, going 18-feet and the triple jump championship, going 39-2 1/4.
KRISTINA CHERRINGTON, Sr. Uniondale
Cherrington and Uniondale's spring 4x400 relay finished third at the New York State Track and Field Championships in 3:49.33. The squad ran a 3:52.61 at the Nassau State Qualifier. Cherrington also won the 400 at the Nassau Class AAA Championships.
KATHLEEN CIBULS, Bayport-Blue Point, Jr.
If the definition of success in track is versatility, Cibuls is oozing with it. The junior won the New York State Outdoor Pentathlon, scoring 3,425 points. She placed fourth in the 100 hurdles, third in the high jump, fourth in the shot put, second in the long jump, and won the 800.
CRYSTAL GREEN, Uniondale, Sr.
Green and Uniondale's spring 4x400 relay team finished third at the New York State Track and Field Championships in 3:49.33. The squad ran a 3:52.61 at the Nassau State Qualifier. Green also won both hurdle events at the Nassau Class AAA Championships.
JAZMINE FRAY, Kellenberg, Sr.
Fray placed second in the 800 at the state championships. Fray?s 2:10.35 finish was bested only by a meet-record time of 2:05.63 by Suffern?s Kamryn McIntosh. Fray won the 800 at the CHSAA Intersectionals in 2:13.74. Fray will attend Texas A&M in the fall.
AVIANA GOODE, Bay Shore, Jr.
Goode won the Division I long jump at the New York State Track and Field Championships, flying 18 feet, 2 1/4 inches. Goode won the Suffolk Division I 100 hurdles in 14.79, and the high jump, clearing 5-5. She won the 100 hurdles at the Suffolk spring state qualifier in 14.29.
CRYSTAL HENDERSON, Longwood, Sr.
Henderson finished second in the Federation 100 hurdles at the New York State Track and Field Championships in 14.36. She was third in the Division I race, also in 14.36. Henderson took second in the 100 hurdles at the Suffolk State Qualifier in 14.55.
KRISTINA INSINGO, Holy Trinity, Sr.
Insingo won the Division I shot put at the New York State Track and Field Championships, tossing 45 feet, 11 1/4 inches. Insingo set meet records in both shot put and discus at the 88th Annual CHSAA Intersectional Championships in May. The Nebraska-bound thrower was third in the shot at the indoor state meet.
ASIA JINKS, Uniondale, Soph.
Jinks and Uniondale's spring 4x400 relay team finished third at the New York State Track and Field Championships in 3:49.33. The squad ran a 3:52.61 at the Nassau State Qualifier. Jinks also was a county long jump champion.
KENNEDY KERR, Long Island Lutheran, Jr.
Kerr won the Division II 100 in 12.12 seconds at the New York State Track and Field Championships. She finished second in the Federation championships, crossing the line in 11.89. Kerr had the top time in the Division II 100 trials on the first day of the championships, running 12.22.
MICHALA WEBSTER, Uniondale, Sr.
Webster and Uniondale's spring 4x400 relay team finished third at the New York State Track and Field Championships in 3:49.33. The squad ran a 3:52.61 at the Nassau State Qualifier.
COACH OF THE YEAR: LEIGH POLLET, Uniondale
Pollet guided two county championship teams. Uniondale's winter squad won the Class A title with 94 points. His spring unit took the Class AAA championship with 115 points. Pollet?s 4X400 relay team took third at the spring New York State Track and Field Championships.
HALLE HAZZARD, St. Anthony's, Soph. (pictured)
KATHERINE NEWHOFF, East Islip, Sr.
ALEXANDRA DECICCO, Sachem East, Jr.
SUZIE PETRYK, Huntington, Sr.
KEIRA KELLY, Westhampton, Jr.
JASMINE DAVIS, Hauppauge, Sr.
Westhampton Indoor 4X400 relay: GRACE GILBAKIAN, Jr., JENNIFER JORDAN, Soph., LAUREN LOREFICE, Sr., NORA MURPHY, Jr.