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Valley Stream North boys, girls capture Nassau Class B track titles

Emily Martino of Valley Stream North wins the

Emily Martino of Valley Stream North wins the 600-meter run during the the Nassau Class B track and field championships on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at St. Anthony's. Credit: Bob Sorensen

Valley Stream North rules Class B track in Nassau. The Spartans won both the boys and girls team championships at the Nassau Class B Championships Wednesday night at St. Anthony’s High School.

It is the third straight year that both the Valley Stream North boys and girls won county championships. This year, the boys scored 64 points; Oyster Bay was second with 47. The girls scored 136.50; North Shore was second with 120.

“We worked hard every day, showed up, and delivered,” junior Miracle Onuoha said.

And the girls delivered the old fashioned way — by winning events outright. The Spartans won eight events, amassing 80 points just on trips to the winner’s circle. Senior Angeli Andre was a triple winner. Andre took the 300 meters in 41.54 seconds; the long jump, flying 16 feet, 7 inches, and the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.

“I’m a senior, so I had to go out with a bang,” Andre said. “I love my team so much. I’m in a really good place. They push me to do better things every single day.”

Andre’s 300-meter time was a personal best, she said. She outpaced teammate Emily Martino, who was second in 42.90 seconds.

“You never know if you have it or not,” Andre said. “But you just have to keep pushing until the end.”

Onuoha completed Valley Stream North’s sweep of the jumps, taking the triple jump with a 34-foot, 11 1⁄2-inch effort.

“I just thought of this as a regular meet,” Onuoha said. “I didn’t hesitate. I got all my jumps on. I didn’t foul and just did what I’ve been doing this whole season.”

Onuoha is the younger sister of 2013 New York State indoor long jump champion Anointing Onuoha. Anointing won the long and triple jump Nassau Class B Championship in 2014.

“She’s my inspiration,” Miracle said. “I aspire to be as great as she was.”

Martino won the 600 meters in 1:38.57. Tyesha Irving won the 55-meter hurdles in 9.00 seconds. Freshman Juel Charles took the shot put, tossing 35 feet, 4 inches. Valley Stream North’s 4 x 800-meter relay team, comprised of Gabriela Andrade, Rebekah Buon, Brianna Hackman and Kate Catalano, won in 10:32.71.

The Valley Stream North boys also had success in the field. Tyler John cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump. Jarred Times won the triple jump, going 42 feet, 9 3⁄4 inches. Times also was second in the long jump, flying 19 feet, 10 3⁄4 inches.

But while the girls smashed through with outright victories, the boys amassed most of their points by strategically placing themselves near the top of events. Jake Catalano took second in the 3,200 meters in 9:57.65 and second in the 1,600 meters in 4:48.32. Brandon James finished third in the triple jump, going 41 feet, 2 1⁄4 inches.

The boys 4 x 400-meter relay team, comprised of James, Evan Peters, Vincent Russo, and Michael Schwartz, were third in 3:42.97.

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