There are few certainties in Nassau girls track and field. But here’s one — Uniondale’s Zaria Fuller is really good. As one of the most well-rounded athletes on Long Island, Fuller is a force in any event she enters. She combines blazing speed with superior jumping ability and turns it into championships.
But last August, Fuller wasn’t certain about much. She had just torn her meniscus and suffered a fracture in her left knee during a summer practice, and wasn’t sure what her junior year had in store for her.
Clearly, healing is another one of her strong suits. Fuller returned to her winning ways this indoor season, culminating in a pair of victories at the Nassau Class A championships, held Tuesday night at St. Anthony’s.
Fuller won the 55-meter hurdles in 8.52 seconds and the 300 in 41.60. Her two wins helped Uniondale return to the top of the county, winning the team championship with 79 points — a dominant victory for a program rich with tradition and heavy with hardware.
Fuller began her slog back to competition in October and said she feels strong, something she wasn’t sure if she’d feel by the indoor county championships.
“I’m coming back better than I thought I would,” Fuller said. “ . . . I feel like I accomplished a lot more than I had on my agenda.”
Hurdles, Fuller added, is the event that had caused the most discomfort on the road back.
“It’s because of my trail leg, and having to come down on it,” Fuller said. “When I jump, I jump off my right leg, so I don’t feel the pain as much. But when I’m hurdling, I snap my left leg down. The impact of that can hurt, but I just have to push through it.”
And push through it she did. Fuller’s mechanics were key to her hurdle victory.
“I just wanted to have a good start, a good finish, and make sure that my trail leg snapped correctly,” she said.
Brianna McGregor powered Uniondale in the field, flying 17 feet, 1 3⁄4 inches to win the long jump and Ashley Makolo won the shot put with a 33-foot toss.
Not to be outdone, the Uniondale boys took home a championship as well, scoring 87 points to win for the second consecutive season.
Christopher Borzor, one of the fastest sprinters on Long Island, won the 55 meters in 6.50, the 300 in 35.41, and the long jump, flying 22 feet, 1 1⁄4 inches.
“It was a good time on a flat track,” Borzor said of his 300 victory. “But I think I would go faster on a bank track.”
Luckily for Borzor, when the postseason shifts to Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex for the state championships on March 3, he’ll be taking his long strides on a bank track. A flat track, like the one at St. Anthony’s, does not provide for fluid turning, something that can slow an athlete down slightly.
“The turns are too wide,” Borzor said of the difficulties of running on a flat track.
Borzor’s teammate, Jadan Hanson won the triple jump, flying 46 feet, 3 1⁄2 inches.