NANUET – Hackley’s Alexis Arnold broke her own school record in the shot Saturday, then, minutes later, broke it again.
She leapt both times, letting out a gleeful yelp. But minutes later, she seemed equally happy for teammate Ivie Uzamere when the first-year thrower recorded her personal best.
“I’m so proud of you,” said Arnold, a Peekskill resident, who urged the crowd to clap before her sophomore teammate’s last throw.
Arnold’s throw of 33 feet, 2-and-a-half inches and Uzamere’s 29-foot throw gave Hackley the girls shot win at 62-2.5 during Saturday’s 25-school, 48th annual Nanuet Relays.
“It’s the beginning of the season. I’m so proud,” said the junior Arnold, who has owned the school record since her freshman year.
It was a good day for Hackley, whose boys 4X200 team (Winston Britton, Anthony Roderick, Darius Inzar and Elijah Ngbokoli) qualified for nationals, running 1:30 to win the event.
“We were inspired to run our hardest,” Inzar said. “We all pushed ourselves.”
The result was a more than four-second win over runner-up Suffern.
The four Hornets also won the boys 4X100 relay in 42.7.
Battling an in-your-face wind, Clarkstown North’s Yanik Martin and Josh Ayala teamed to win the boys long jump. Martin’s top jump was 20-5.75 and Ayala’s best was 19-1.5.
“It’s in the back of your mind a little,” Martin said of the wind. “The worst is when you’re in mid-air and the wind comes in gusts.”
Ayala’s showing was strong, particularly after just a month of jumping.
“He’s like our new find. He has a lot of spring in his legs,” coach Don Schlesinger said.
Clarkstown North, last year’s Nanuet Relays boys long jump champs, also repeated as boys triple jump champs behind Martin and Josh Etkind (combined 80-10.75).
The boys shot championship went to Ramapo’s Parris Heath and Caleb Ferdilus (combined 101-0.75).
Nanuet, with Frank Schiovone, Jeff Sanawong and Matt Brady, won the boys 3X400 hurdles in 3:05.6 despite Sanawong falling. Nanuet coach Larry Beckerle credited Matt Brady’s last leg (a personal-best 60.5). Clarkstown South finished 1.3 seconds back.
Suffern’s girls seemed to pick up where they left off in the winter with multiple wins. Among them was Nicole Becker’s, Rachel Ludwikowski’s and Kyra Greenbaum’s 3X400 hurdles victory in 3:24.
Suffern’s Dylan Back, Luis Santory and Rich Ellsworth won the 330 shuttle hurdles in 55.32.
“I love this race,” said Back, a junior, who has run it since middle school.
Suffern captured the girls team championship with 78 points. Tappan Zee was second with 44.
Nanuet, which last year won the boys title, ending a 30-plus-year title drought at its relays, repeated as boys champion with 64 points. Suffern was second with 56.
Dylan Back a journior from Suffern High School, jumps leaps over a hurdle during the 330 meter shuttle hurdle relay at the Nanuet Relays held on the field at Nanuet High School in Nanuet, NY on Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015.
Nyack’s girls were 14th but ended the day on a happy note as Jessica Fraser, Aoife McGirl, Maya Owens and Louise Jones took the last running event, the 4X400 relay, in 4:22.3.
The junior Fraser and freshman Jones attributed their team’s showing to chemistry.
“We’re all really good friends. We work off each other,” Fraser said.
“It’s what motivates us to do well,” Jones added.