SUFFERN – Katie DeVore knew her best time in the 1,000-meter run.
The number – 2:55.79 – had haunted her.
She clocked that finishing fourth in the state championships. But that was three years ago, as a freshman.
Then came a hip injury and she found herself “playing catch-up.”
Well, that game is over.
The Mamaroneck senior clocked 2:55.6 to break Suffern star Nancy Rosenfeld’s 33-year-old Rockland Community College Fieldhouse high school record of 2:56.4 Wednesday during the Rockland Coaches Invitational.
DeVore overtook North Rockland junior Alex Harris in the closing meters. Harris also broke the Fieldhouse record, crossing in 2:55.8.
“I can’t believe it. I’m so happy now,” said DeVore, who’ll run for Penn next year. “I remember trying to beat my PR for so long. I just needed to get back into the groove.”
“She never ceases to impress,” said teammate Lauren Chapey, who was pretty impressive herself, winning the girls 1,500 in 4:53.10 by pulling away from runner-up Vicky Martinez of Fox Lane (4:57.40) during the last lap.
It was the first 1,500 of the winter for Chapey, who’ll run for Yale next year.
“The effort was totally there,” she said.
Pleasantville senior Drew Dorflinger, who is Bucknell bound, set an indoor personal record, finishing in 9:42.9 to win the boys 3,200 meters.
Dorflinger was in the top three throughout the race but passed second-place finisher Greg Fusco of Somers with about 400 meters left.
“I just realized I really wanted to win. I kicked as hard as I could,” Dorflinger said.
North Rockland’s Herbens Mulatre smashed his previous personal best (49 feet, 1 inch) in the shot, winning with a throw of 52-8.
New Rochelle’s Victoria Jones-Alleyne had another banner day. She won the 55 hurdles (8.30), was part of the winning 4×200 relay with Kiana Stallworth, Olivia Morgan and Jada Thompson (1:46.80) and finished second in the triple jump (34-11) to Morgan (35-3.5).
North Rockland’s girls 4×400 team (Sophia Housman, Alex Harris, Katelyn Tuohy and Sydney March) clocked 4:05.90 for the win, breaking a 30-year Fieldhouse high school record held by Shabazz.
New Rochelle’s Monae Cooper missed her personal best in the shot by an inch, throwing 44-1.
But Cooper, who’ll throw next year for Northeastern, was hardly downcast. The throw was a winner and right before the meet, she learned she had been named this week’s Con Edison winner for achievements in track and in the classroom.
“I didn’t expect it. When Coach (Andy Capellan) told me I was really surprised,” she said, grinning.
Classroom considerations are why North Rockland senior Maria Garcia is bowing out of racewalking after this year.
But she’s exiting in style.
Garcia clocked 7:13.6 to beat runner-up Audrey Fox of New Rochelle by more than 28 seconds.
Garcia, who was fourth in the state last year and is aiming for a state championship and to gain all-America honors this winter, won’t compete in track at Dominican College.
“I want to be a nurse and be the best I can be. I feel like whatever I do I want to give 100 percent,” she explained.
Among other winners Wednesday were: North Rockland’s Wyatt Brooks, boys 55 (6.40); Somers’ Alex Worsley, boys 600 (1:25.50) North Rockland eighth-grader Katelyn Tuohy, girls 3,000 (10:03); John Jay’s Brooke Nohilly, girls 600 (1:39.90); Mamaroneck’s Sean Ideozu, boys 300 (36.60); North Rockland’s Camille Cameron, girls 300, 41.70; Spring Valley’s boys 4×200 team of Mitch Philistin, Reedson Therneus, Rodney Thelors and Loudguni Derosiers (1:34.10); Nanuet’s Brian Camillieri, boys 1,000 (2:39.70); Tappan Zee’s Daeseob Lim, boys pole vault (12-0); North Rockland’s Nicole Dodrill, girls 55 (7.20); John Jay-Cross River’s girls 4×800 relay of Athena Ohnemus, Pippa Nuttall, Brooke Nohilly and Gemma Nuttall (10:15.60).
In team competition, Beacon, which dominated the jumps, won the boys title. North Rockland edged New Rochelle for the girls title and also won the boys and girls combined title.