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North Shore girls are all about their legacy

North Shore's Elizabeth Caldwell wins the girls' class

North Shore's Elizabeth Caldwell wins the girls' class I-A 2000 meter steeplechase. (May 23, 2013) Credit: Bob Mitchell

Building a legacy can be a tough job, but the girls at North Shore are doing it quite well. A victory at Wednesday's A-I county championship meet marked the Vikings fourth consecutive spring championship.

"Championships are everything for our team," Alexandra Osman said. "It's what we work for all year. Today is the day we think about the legacy the most. That's why we're here -- to win and keep the legacy going. We have alumni here watching us who won and we don't want to let them down. That's what our team is all about."

Osman finished second in the 1,500, crossing the finish line in 4:55.15.

"I went out faster than I usually would to try to hold the lead and set the pace for the race," she said. "I just tried to win but, unfortunately, I got out-kicked in the end. But, I just wanted to get as close to first place as possible. I wasn't looking for a time, but was just looking for as many points as possible."

Only a junior, Osman still has one more school year to cement her hands in the North Shore legacy. Elizabeth Caldwell, a senior, is on her way out. She ended her county championship career with a bang, winning the 400-hurdles in 70.12 seconds and the 2000 steeplechase in 7:06.27.

Freshman Stephanie Bazan, who is just beginning to make her mark on the North Shore legacy, finished third in the steeplechase, crossing the line in 7:34.40.

"Elizabeth gives me motivation," Bazan said of Caldwell. "I know she's going fast, so I need to keep catching up and pass more people so we can both come in [high scoring] places."

Osman, Monica Morra, and Bazan finished first through third in the 3000, giving North Shore 24 points out of that one event.

"We all went out together and pushed each other so we could all get ahead," Bazan said.

Garden City finished atop Class A-II, scoring 124 points. Freshman Stephanie Gerland won the 3,000 in 10:20.43. Her sister, Jen Gerland, placed fourth in 10:48.16. Stephanie also won the 1,500 in 4:53.11.

"I had a really good start," she said of the 1,500. "I was surprised that I was in the lead, but then I just tried hard not to lose it. On the track, you can kind of see your shadow, so I was looking in my shadow to see if anyone was behind me. I didn't see anyone, so I knew that I had a pretty good lead."

Emma Gallagher won the 400 in 56.17 seconds and the 800 in 2:20.65.

Green, Arogbo help Uniondale win Class A-III. Crystal Green won the 200 in 26.39 seconds. She came in second in the 100-hurdles, finishing in 15.35 seconds. Fola Arogbo won the shot put with a toss of 37 feet, six inches. She finished second in the discus, throwing 109 feet, one inch.

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