Erin Jaskot has a kick to her and now the defending Rockland County 800-meter champ from Tappan Zee was coming Kamryn McIntosh’s way on the last straightaway, moving into second. But the eighth-grader from Suffern would not fade, running strong from beginning to end.
“I’ve run against her a lot,” McIntosh said. “She has that kick. If you’re tired, then she can get to you.”
McIntosh won in the fourth-fastest time in county history, 2 minutes, 11.1 seconds. She also ran the No. 6 time in county history to edge and dethrone the TZ standout in the 400, finishing in 56.3. Plus, she anchored the victorious 1,600 relay. Imani Solan added wins in the 100 and the 200.
And the Mounties repeated at the Rockland County Championships Friday at Tappan Zee, posting 160 points, 43¾ more than Pearl River.
“I think we all pushed our hardest,” McIntosh said.
The North Rockland boys won for the fourth time in five years, posting 155 points, 682⁄3 more than Suffern. The Red Raiders had lost to the Mounties by nine at the indoor county meet.
“Coming back and winning it in the spring, it’s amazing,” said Eric Favors, the winner in the discus and the shot.
“They’ve come a long way since the wintertime,” coach Gene Dall said.
South’s Najee Taylor swept the long jump, high jump and triple jump to earn most outstanding boys field performer. Pearl River’s Brian Cook was selected the most outstanding track performer after adding 1,600 and 3,200 wins to Thursday’s steeplechase title.
Cook took the 1,600 in a personal-best 4:21.2, then said, “This is the first time I’ve won the mile at counties. I haven’t won it indoors. So I was happy with today.”
Jaskot did defend her county crown in the 1,500, running down Suffern’s Kate Zendell with about 175 meters to go.
“I came into this and I told myself that if I have any doubt, it’s not going to happen,” Jaskot said. “So I just kept a positive outlook even when I was falling back. I knew that I could rely on my kick at the end.”
Spring Valley’s Richardson Pierre won the 200 and the 400. Suffern’s Alex Walker swept the 110 and 400 hurdles. Amanda Moroney ran off with the 100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles, repeating in the latter. The Pearl River junior was named the most outstanding girls track performer.
“This is my best year,” Moroney said between victories. “It feels good because Pearl River (has had) a lot of county champions.”
North Rockland’s Wilvlyne Lauredent was the most outstanding girls field performer after placing first in the triple jump at a personal-best 38 feet, 11 1/2 inches. Pearl River’s Kelly Hayes defended her 3,000 crown in 10:00.2, No. 4 in Rockland history.
Clarkstown North’s Billy DeLay sprinted off with the 100 title in 10.8 seconds. And Clarkstown South’s Chris Guglielmo cleared 13 feet to win the pole vault.
“The county meet for me is probably the biggest of the year,” Guglielmo said. “So to win it back to back in the outdoor and indoor seasons is huge for me.”