It was back in November and Kamryn McIntosh was feeling the strain of a long cross country season in her right calf. When the Suffern freshman ran in the Federation meet, she said it “just killed me a lot.”
But here was last winter’s Rockland track and field athlete of the year running 600 meters around the burnt-orange track at Rockland Community College Monday. And this young runner looked like her old self again in her fifth meet of the season.
McIntosh faced Peekskill’s formidable Chelsea Ogindo in their Suffern Invitational race and won in 1 minute, 36.4 seconds, 2.4 ahead of Ogindo. McIntosh earned the girls most outstanding performance plaque and helped the Mounties repeat as a team champion.
“I haven’t been running as good as I’ve wanted to, and just getting up to this meet, I really wanted to give it my all, being our home Suffern meet,” said McIntosh, who also anchored the victorious 1,600 relay. “So I just went out there thinking I could do it and giving it my all. Do it for the team.”
She didn’t compete for the team in December due to her tendinitis. But McIntosh said: “I’m getting better. I’m a lot better than I was. … I think I’m really close to 100 percent now.”
Spring Valley beat out North Rockland 76-57 for the boys title behind Justin Sapini. The senior took the most valuable performer plaque after claiming the triple jump at 42 feet, 3½ inches, anchoring the winning 800 relay and placing second in the 55.
“We came out today thinking it was our day to finally do something,” Sapini said.
Eric Favors received the award for boys most outstanding performance. The North Rockland junior finished first in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 58 feet, one-half inch. He’s now in the top six all-time in program history.
Kaylyn Gordon was the girls most valuable performer, taking the long jump at 17-1¼ and the triple jump at 37-1, and finishing third in the 300.
“I don’t really think I have a best event,” the Ramapo senior said. “I think I’m just a well-rounded athlete.”
Fox Lane’s Alison Moky edged Suffern’s Kate Zendell in the 1,000, running a personal-best 3:02.6. The sophomore plans to chase a ticket to the state meet in this event.
“It’s a mixture of distance and speed, and speed is a thing that I have,” Moky said. “And distance from cross country helps me for this race.”
Suffern’s Imani Solan swept the girls 55 and 300. The Mounties’ Tim Boston continued his strong senior season with a victory in the 1,600.
“My goal is to go to the state meet in the 1,000 and this time actually place,” Boston said. “Right now, I think I’m doing pretty good to lead up to that.”
Will Stallings had a good moment and a bad moment about a heartbeat apart. The Sleepy Hollow senior speedster won the 55 in 6.6 seconds, then pulled his right hamstring just after crossing the finish line.
“I was extremely frustrated,” Stallings said. “I’ve got to keep my head up. I know I can recover in time for counties (Feb. 1). I’ll do whatever it takes.”