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Salute to the champs: Girls track

Brianna O'Brien of Wheatley runs the girls 3,000

Brianna O'Brien of Wheatley runs the girls 3,000 meters at the Nassau Track State Qualifiers on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. O'Brien finished in first place in 10:18.80. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

CHIBUGO OBICHERE, Valley Stream South, 100 hurdles

Valley Stream South’s Chibugo Obichere continued her string of sprint dominance with a 100-meter hurdles Division I title in 14.64 seconds. It was the same time as her Nassau state qualification performance, where she also won the 100 in 12.60. She came in second in the Federation 100 hurdles in 14.46.

It capped a postseason that included two victories at the Nassau state qualifiers in the 100 hurdles (14.64) and 100 (12.60). She swept the short sprints at the Nassau A championships with those same events plus the 200, which she won in 26.05.

BRITTANY KORSAH, West Babylon, 400 meters

Korsah’s 54.44 finish in the 400 topped Division I in Endicott. She took second in the Federation race with a 54.40. Her talent wasn’t limited to the individual event. She returned as part of West Babylon’s 4x400 championship team for her third consecutive state title in the event. Korsah won the Suffolk qualifier 400 in 54.61.

BRIANNA O’BRIEN, Wheatley, 3,000 meters

O’Brien’s 10:04.66 finish in the 3,000 gave her the top spot in the state Division II championship and seventh for the federation competition. O’Brien started her distance year with the top spot in the cross-country Class C Nassau state qualifier 5K in 18:54.81.

WEST BABYLON (Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, Paige Keefer, Brittany Korsah), 4 x 400-meter relay

West Babylon ended a stellar run with its third consecutive 4 x 400 relay state title. Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, Paige Keefer and Brittany Korsah ended their time together with an electric 3:44.60 time in Endicott. Ashley will be back, but the other three components are graduating.

“I’m probably going to cry, but it’s all right because we’ve gone through a two-year journey together and it’s been a great two years,” Ashley said. “The progression has been pretty incredible.”

BRITTANY CURTIN, Connetquot, discus

Curtin came into the state championships on a mission and left with a convincing 139-foot, 6-inch throw for the discuss state title. The next closest result was more than six feet shorter. Curtin missed the cut to make the trip a year prior and said she dedicated herself to make it upstate this year.

“I not only made it, but I won and it’s just crazy to set a goal and actually achieve it,” Curtin said. “It’s surreal.”

She won the Division I discus throw with a 143-7.

SADE MEEKS, North Babylon, Shot put

Meeks finished atop the standings in her first spring state championships appearance in shot put with a 44-foot, 11-inch throw. It came after the senior took the Suffolk state qualifier competition with a 45-foot, 4-inch toss. She had taken second in the winter, which motivated her to continue getting better.

“I wanted to be the girl who took people’s moments, and I ended up getting my moment taken from me in the winter time and that really drove me,” Meeks said.

Her throw of 45-3.25 was good for the Division I championship.

SARENA CHOI, Westhampton, triple jump

Choi’s 39-foot, 7 3/4-inch triple jump performance took the state title. It was the latest in a string of achievements, which included the indoor iteration with a 39-foot, 6 ¼-inch distance. The senior won the Division I title with a 39-5.5.

AMANDA MCNELIS, Commack, pole vault

McNelis had a standout season, finding herself atop the state leaderboard with a 12-foot, 7-inch vault. She won the Division I championship in Endicott with a 12-foot, 3-inch height to end her senior season. It was a three-inch improvement on her state championship performance from a year ago, and it followed another victory at the Suffolk qualifiers with a 12-foot victory.

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