Including one talented sophomore from North Rockland.
Just how talented was revealed Saturday when Alex Harris captured the New Balance Outdoor National girls 2,000 steeplechase championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, besting 23 other athletes.
Harris completed the course in 6:52.10, more than five seconds faster than her nearest opponent. Her time was a personal best and was more than six seconds faster than what she clocked to finish third in last weekend’s state championship.
Saturday’s field included athletes from as far away as California. But the local area had a strong presence. Hackley’s Julia Stevenson was seventh (7:08.54) and Suffern’s Mary Hennelly was 10th (7:14.21).
Local boys also fared extremely well in the boys 2,000 steeplechase. John Jay-Cross River junior Eion Nohilly took second in 6:03.48 and Scarsdale’s Greg Crowley was fourth (6:04.01).
Suffern’s Terisha Theodore, Kyra Greenbaum, Nicole Becker and Kamryn McIntosh finished third out of 41 teams in the girls 1,600 sprint medley relay in 3:57.31, just .03 off Suffern’s own Section 1 record from last year.
North Rockland senior Eric Favors was third in the shot put at 66 feet, 7 inches.
Former New Rochelle High runner Symone Darius, now running for the New Horizon Track Club out of Mount Vernon, finished fifth in the girls 100 meters (11.57).
Lakeland/Panas’ Josh Dacres was fifth in the boys emerging elite 200 meters (22.07).
His teammate, Dominique Beltrez, finished eighth in the heptathlon with 4,536 points.
Ursuline’s Kene Odenigbo was seventh in the girls emerging elite high jump, clearing 5-3.75.
Also in emerging elite, New Rochelle’s Jessica Jeffrey finished seventh (138-3) and teammate Sochima Bishop 13th (127-7) in the girls hammer.
Friday night, after the meet was delayed by bad weather, Crestwood resident Conor Lundy, a junior from Fordham Prep, finished second in the boys 5,000 meters in 14:40.61.