A Purdy sweet time

A Purdy sweet time

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A Purdy sweet time

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Liam Purdy arrived for the Rockland County Championships ranked No. 4 in the state in the 1,000 meters. By the time he had taken five spins around The Armory track, he had moved up to No. 2.

The North Rockland senior finished first in 2 minutes, 28.16 seconds, not only a school record but also the second-fastest time in county history.

“I may choose to run it at the state meet, definitely,” Purdy said. “I’m deciding between the 1,600 and the 1,000 right now. But the 1,000 is looking pretty good right now.”

His Red Raiders were looking pretty good throughout Friday’s meet. They claimed the boys crown, winning over runner-up Pearl River 106-81.

“Great bunch of kids, really hard-working kids,” North Rockland coach Gene Dall said.

The Suffern girls’ hard work paid off with their 13th consecutive county crown, beating out North Rockland 124-116.5, with Pearl River in third.

“I’m happy with the win,” Mounties coach Joe Biddy said. “I tell the kids the county meet is our most important of the year.”

Kate Zendell had Suffern teammate Rachel Ludwikowski on her back with four laps to go in the 3,000, but the freshman never could catch up with Zendell.

The junior suffered from a mysterious health issue that took her down to the ground in three cross country races. Zendell said she was unable to find the answer why. But here she was, repeating as county champ, running 10:10.92. And she anchored the winning 3,200 relay.

“I had to take time off and do a lot to just get back to where I am,” Zendell said. “But I’m glad to see I’m getting back to where I want to be.”

Ludwikowski ended up second with a personal best at 10:12.6. She was happy with the Mounties’ 1-2 finish.

“We were doing this for points,” Ludwikowski said, “and we wanted to get a good time for the state meet also.”

Suffern’s Imani Solan repeated in the 55 (7.3), won the 300 (40.31) and anchored the victorious 800 relay.

Ramapo’s Kaylyn Gordon turned in her best-ever long jump, flying 18-3¼. And she won with her best triple jump at 39-6½ — a meet record and fourth all-time indoors in county history.

Tappan Zee’s Erin Jaskot defended her title in the 600 (1:38.23). So did Spring Valley’s Christina Olubummo in the shot put (36-8). Pearl River’s Amanda Moroney was at her best in taking the 55 hurdles again, this time in 8.56 seconds. Teammate Kelly Hayes won the 1,000 in 2:55.45, a personal best and meet record as well as the third-fastest time in county history. And she placed first in the 1,500 at 4:47.11.

North Rockland’s MariaAngelica Garcia shaved nearly 23 seconds off her previous best in the 1,500 race walk, winning in 7:23.2 for her first county crown.

“It means everything to me,” Garcia said. “… My coaches and my teammates were the ones who got me here.”

Suffern’s Jared Benn swept the 300 (36.65) and the 600 (1:23.8). Pearl River’s Brian Cook repeated in the 3,200 at 9:41.1. Spring Valley’s Justin Sapini repeated in the 55 at 6.68 and took the triple jump at 43-8½. Clarkstown South’s Najee Taylor repeated in the long jump at a personal-best 21-5¾. North Rockland’s Eric Favors took a title in the shot put, throwing 57-7¾.

Luke Gavigan won for the second straight year in the 1,600, finishing at 4:17.63. The Tappan Zee junior had run a 4:15.68 mile at the Millrose Trials Jan. 15, making him U.S. No. 1. So Gavigan is rather pumped for the Millrose Games here on Feb. 15.

“I can’t wait,” Gavigan said. “I’m counting down the days. It’s going to be a good race. It’s such an honor to be ranked so high up.”

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