Valley Stream South’s Chibugo Obichere already clinched a state track and field championship in the 55-meter hurdles last year. Now she seeks to add at least one more state title to her resume.
Obichere came away a double-winner in both the Division 1 100 dash (12.60 seconds) and the Division 1 100 hurdles (14.64) at the Nassau state qualifiers at North Shore High School on Friday.
“It feels good to know I’m going back to states,” she said. “It’s finally like a relief off my shoulders.”
Obichere said she struggled during the early moments of the 100, but ultimately kicked things into another gear “about halfway through” to come away with a late victory and earn a trip to Union-Endicott near Binghamton next Friday and Saturday.
Determining the winner required a review, as Obichere edged her opponent by just six-hundreths of a second.
But for Obichere, the final result was never in doubt.
“I knew it was close, but I knew I won it,” Obichere said.
Obichere promptly shifted her focus to the 100 hurdles.
It didn’t take long for her to display her intent to win that event as well. She burst off the line and established an early lead.
Obichere never let up, crossing the line ahead of Glen Cove’s Tatiana Guevara (16.26) and Jericho’s Natalie Adam (16.65) to also qualify for states in that event.
Syosset’s Reilly Siebert placed first in the Division 1 1,500 (4:35.29), followed by Great Neck South’s Samantha Law (4:54.85) and Manhasset’s Angeline Caamano (4:54.95).
“In the beginning I was working off the other girls to see if they went out hard to start the race,” Siebert said. “But no one really did, so once I got to around 400 meters I had to create my own pace . . . It feels good to go back to states. Hopefully each year I can do more and more at the state level.”
She also was victorious in the Division 1 800 (2:11.60) on Wednesday.
Elmont’s Brianna Harris earned a win in the Division 1 200 in 25.11.
“I got off to a great start, but the last 50 meters was a fight against the clock,” she said.
Other qualifiers included Division 2 winners Ellie Fox of Cold Spring Harbor in the 200 (26.50) and Seaford’s Tracy McSorley in the shot put (4.12 meters).