Give Chibugo Obichere a couple minutes, and she’ll find ways to dominate over and over again.
The Valley Stream South sophomore won the 100-meter dash in 12.40, collected her award and then went straight to a set of hurdles to prepare for her next race, the 100 hurdles, at the Nassau A track and field championships. Later, she took that contest in 14.41.
Fast forward 10 minutes after that, and she was cruising her way through the 200 semifinal en route to another gold in the final in 26.05 at Cold Spring Harbor on Wednesday.
“I think it kind of helps you because you need to prepare your body for a fast race,” Obichere said. “Doing the prelims going fast, but maybe not too fast, getting a fast run-through helps me for the final to go even faster.”
Whether it was a semifinal or a final, the result was rarely in question. She quickly built a 5-10 meter lead at points in each race. And in between her successes, she found time to cheer on teammates in other finals while prepping her technique for the hurdles.
“The hurdles kind of help me get my speed down and endurance also for the end, last 30 meters,” Obichere said.
Last year, Valley Stream North’s Nick Cason placed third in the 1,600 and challenged for the lead. This time around, the hard-charging senior seized his opportunity, winning in 4:28.89.
“I’m just going to open up and give it all I’ve got and keep pushing and pushing,” Cason said.
When the top three bunched with 600 to go, Cason made space and built his lead into the finish.
“I knew they were trying to get me to block the wind, so I sped up and let them face the wind too,” said Cason, who also won the 3,200 in 10:01.97.
Malverne’s Maurice Teachey Jr. got out to a quick start in the 400 and made sure it didn’t go to waste. He maintained his pace over the backstretch and legged out the finish in 49.02.
“I just had to kick earlier and give it all I got, so I did,” Teachey said.
If you took a quick glance at the girls 1,500, it could be difficult to tell which race it was.
North Shore’s Nicole Schneider held a slight lead as Valley Stream South’s DeAnna Martin kept pace a stride behind. Take a snippet from any lap and the constant speed could look like they were legging out their final 100 of a 400-meter run.
Instead, Martin was waiting for her moment. The sophomore took over with 250 left and broke away at 200, winning in 4:58.11. Schneider followed in 5:05.18.
“That’s my method,” said Martin, who also won the 800 in 2:21.19. “When I feel comfortable, I go.”
Valley Stream North won the girls team competition with 105.5 points, followed by North Shore (97) and Valley Stream South (91). Valley Stream North and North Shore tied for the boys with 98 points. Lawrence was third with 63 points.