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St. Anthony’s Halle Hazzard lining up as top L.I. sprinter

St. Anthony's Halle Hazzard wins the girl's 55-meter

St. Anthony's Halle Hazzard wins the girl's 55-meter dash at the CHSAA intersectional championships at the Ocean Breeze T&F Athletic Center in the Staten Island, New York on Feb. 13, 2016. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Long Island indoor track scene is littered with high-quality athletes. Count St. Anthony’s, Sachem East, Shoreham-Wading River and Uniondale among those who will heat up the Armory and beyond.

St. Anthony’s Halle Hazzard seeks to solidify her status as Long Island’s premier sprinter this season after defeating Rush-Henrietta’s Lanae-Tava Thomas in the 100-meter New York State championships in 11.76 seconds last spring.

The victory was a breakthrough of sorts for Hazzard, who fell to Thomas in the indoor 55-meter state championship by .05 seconds in March.

Hazzard’s teammate, Alyssa Yeboah-Kodie, is also primed for a big season after finishing second in the 55-meter hurdles at the State championships in 8.19. Yeboah-Kodie also ran an 8.85 in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.

St. Anthony’s looks to repeat as the CHSAA League and Intersectional champion behind Hazzard, Yeboah-Kodie and pole vaulters Samantha Stetz and Melissa Capri. Stetz also excels in the long jump and triple jump.

St. John the Baptist will lean on distance runner Giuliana Vullo, sprinters Zhanna Green and Marisa Pollock, and pole vaulters Kristin Hess and Allison Grell.

Kellenberg’s Maureen Lewin will be a force in the 1,000. The Firebirds’ top distance runners, Nora Bennett and Julia Bryant, join Lewin.

SUFFOLK

Sachem East senior Lauren Harris won both a state and national championship in the racewalk last season with times of 6:35.16 and 6:57.36, respectively.

“I just want to lower my times and improve my records,” Harris said of her goals for this winter.

Christina Artusa, Sam Delano and Rachel Ruggiero also return to Sachem East in hopes of capturing another Large School Championship.

After a stellar cross country season in which she placed in the top 10 at Nike Cross Nationals, Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee looks to continue her non-stop wave of success. Lee is the fourth-highest returner from the state 3,000 meters last winter, running a 10:01.51.

Following a Small School County championship last winter, Huntington returns seniors Ryann Gaffney, Marina Ruzic, Rebecca Caballero and Alexis Pastorelli. Gaffney finished third in last season’s 55 hurdles in 8.79 seconds at the Small School County Championships. Caballero was the Suffolk Division II pentathlon champion in the spring.

Distance runner Hadley Clayton, along with walker and middle-distance runner Keily Rivas, are expected to be major contributors for Huntington.

West Babylon will be led by Paige Keefer, Brittany Korsah and Dana Beggins. Keefer was a standout last winter, finishing sixth in the state 600 in 1:36.81.

Commack pole vaulter Amanda McNelis is among the top field athletes on Long Island. She finished third at the state championships last season, clearing 11 feet, 9 inches.

NASSAU

Valley Stream North’s deep roster has yielded three consecutive Class B championships and the Spartans return six county champions.

Sophomore Juel Charles won the shot put at 35-4. Brianna Hackman, Rebekah Buon and Kate Catalano were part of the winning 4 x 800 relay squad. Tyesha Irving won the 55 hurdles and Caryn Martin took top high jump honors.

Uniondale, the defending Class A champion, will be led by sophomore Zaria Fuller. Fuller took second place in last season’s outdoor state pentathlon and broke the meet’s New York State freshman record with 3,328 points. She also set a school record in the high jump, clearing 5-5 1⁄4.

Port Washington’s Lucy Hurt, Maria Kogan and Beatriz Chavarria were part of the 4 x 800 relay team that placed sixth at the state championships. Hurt also finished fifth in the 1,000 at the Long Island Elite Meet and 17th (3:04.15) at last season’s state championships.

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