It appears Nassau County track is ending the school year in much the same way it began it — with North Shore’s Diana Vizza being fast. Yes, despite long, grueling cross country and indoor track seasons, both of which ended in state championships, the Dartmouth-bound distance star isn’t finished yet.
Vizza ran all alone and won Thursday’s 3,000 meter run on the first day of the state qualifier meet at North Shore High School. But the story, as it always seems to be with Vizza, was the time. Nine minutes, 31.31 seconds, a personal best and only 5.59 seconds off Mepham’s Christine Curtin’s 1982 Nassau County record of 9:25.72, according to tullyrunners.com.
Vizza’s time is currently the second fastest in the state. Corning’s Jessica Lawson ran a 9:30.17 last month, according to milesplit.com
“Just based on the times I ran in winter and how much I’ve improved in the workouts I’ve been doing, I know that I’m in shape to take down a lot of the girls at the top of the state. I just haven’t been able to execute it yet this season,” Vizza said. “Since the weather was perfect, I thought it was a really good opportunity to shoot for the record.”
The victory qualified Vizza for the state championships, scheduled for next Friday and Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Westbury’s Denisha West jumped 38 feet en route to her triple jump victory. West, who won the indoor state championship, will also be looking to end her high school career with a state title sweep. West said she does not believe her past championship gives her a decided advantage next week.
“You know what it takes to prepare yourself to win,” West said. “But, to actually win is a different feeling when you get there. It depends on your mood, how you feel, and if you’ve taken your technical stuff to the next level.”
Valley Stream North’s Emily Martino won the 800 in 2:15.63.
In a rematch of February’s boys Nassau indoor state qualifier 3,200 meters, Oyster Bay’s Alex Tosi outlasted Calhoun’s Elias Platanias and East Meadow’s Timothy Euler in 9:30.59. Tosi, who went out hard and then had to kick with 100 meters to go to guarantee victory, broke Oyster Bay’s school record of 9:32, set by Steve Montick in 1977, assistant coach Christopher Weber said.
Port Washington’s Aaron Siff-Scherr won the 800 in 1:55.43.