ALBANY – When Imani Solan passed the baton to Kyra Greenbaum during Saturday’s girls 4×400 relay, it was also a symbolic passing of the torch.
The Suffern senior concluded her high school career in high style, winning her first individual state outdoor championship in the Division 1 public school 200 before joining with Nicole Becker, Greenbaum and Kamryn McIntosh to win the 4×400 federation title in a Section 1-record 3:46.15 at the state championships at SUNY-Albany.
“It’s like track graduation. Crossing the line that last time was like getting a track diploma,” said Penn-bound Solan, whose 24.16 federation 200 was a personal best outdoors.
“It was the perfect ending. I can say I left it all on the track,” added Solan.
Bronxville’ s Delia Hayes, who’ll run for Boston College, felt the same.
“It’s really extremely surreal. I couldn’t ask for a better finish. For this to be my last race in high school is just amazing,” she said after she, Hilary Rizzo, Laura Holland and Kaitlin Ryan added another chapter to Bronxville’s little-school-that-can-run story.
The four, buoyed by an incredible anchor by Ryan (the girls D2 1,500 champ), won the federation 4×800 girls relay in 9:02.52, beating teams from schools with thousands more students.
“I tell them, ‘Don’t run with your mind. Run with your heart,’ ” said Jim Mitchell, who has coached the Broncos since 1979.
It was a local sweep as Suffern (Anna Breton, Kate Zendell, Mary Hennelly and McIntosh) finished second and North Rockland (Claire Tantillo, Sydney March, Katelyn Tuohy and Alex Harris) third.
“I think we run our best when we go in with no expectation to come out with a win,” said Hayes.
Other sweet goodbyes included the Pleasantville boys 4×400 relay, which claimed the state Division 2 title in 7:53.46, a personal best. The team included one sophomore, JC Yahia, and three seniors, Eli Waxler, Eamon Coburn and Patrick Watts.
North Rockland senior Eric Favors easily won the federation shot put (65 feet, 11.25 inches) and Youngstown State-bound Chontel Fils of Albertus Magnus was fourth in the girls federation triple jump (37-9.75).
“I’ve really been too busy for it (the last meet) to soak in. I guess driving home it will hit me,” said Fils.
New Rochelle junior Victoria Jones-Alleyne was second in the girls D1 100 hurdles (14.3). New Rochelle senior John Burns was second in the D2 boys pentathlon (3,457 points). Pearl River’s Sandra Wilson, who hopes to walk on at Boston University, rose two spots in the girls pentathlon with her third-place 800, to finish third in D2 (2,768 points).
“I wanted it real bad,” she said of holding off a late challenge in the 800.
Hackley’s Anthony Roderick (10.89) and Elijah Ngbokoli (11.01) went one, two in the boys D2 100 and teamed with Winston Britton and Darius Inzar for second in the 4×100 federation relay (42.20).
Crestwood resident Conor Lundy clocked a federation-winning personal-best 4:07.50 in the boys 1,600.
“I was just going for (4:08) time. If place came with it, that would be great,” said the Fordham Prep junior.
Fordham Prep coach George Febles said the win was a “testament to his boldness,” referring to Lundy distancing himself beginning at 800 meters.
In the same race, Tappan Zee senior Luke Gavigan repeated as Division 1 public school champion (4:10.20). Carmel senior Benito Muniz was third (4:12.23).
Ursuline’s Anna Flynn finished third in the girls D1 1,500 with the second fastest time ever in Section 1 (4:27.39). Last year, Flynn’s time at the distance was the 20th best.
In that same race, Ryan ran 4:29.71 to finish first in D2.
Dobbs Ferry senior Greg Sheely (9:26.30) won the D2 boys steeplechase. John Jay-Cross River’s Eion Nohilly took third in D1 in a personal-best 9:15.21. Nohilly’s huge closing kick saw him miss second by one hundreth of a second.
With a fast last lap, Harris grabbed third (6:58.27) in the girls 2,000 steeplechase.
Earlier, Briarcliff’s Caroline Pennacchio passed five girls on the last lap en route to winning the girls D2 3,000-meter championship (10:13.43).