There’s no doubt Antwone Messado’s chances in the boys 110-meter hurdles at Friday’s New York Showcase track and field meet greatly increased with the injury-withdrawal of North Rockland’s Manny Joseph.
But, in turn, there was added pressure on the Messado with Joseph and his 2021 New York-best 13.91 time gone.
The Mount Vernon senior, though, clearly didn’t seem to mind. He ran 14.46, equaling his best ever time, to win gold on the Rondout Valley High track.
His time is No. 3 in New York this season among high school boys.
But Messado has plans to lower it.
He’ll compete in a couple of weeks at famed Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Nike Outdoor Nationals.
Joseph, meanwhile, has seen his high school career come to an end just shy of claiming the Section 110-meter hurdles record.
He’d been steadily lowering his time in the event and ran his personal best at last week’s Section 1 Class AA championships. But in the semifinal there he tweaked a quad. While his PB was set in the final, the injury was enough to keep him out of multiple other events he was slated to have competed in that day.
North Rockland coach Orlando Rivera characterized the injury as “nothing major,” but explained, “We are being proactive to get him 100 percent healthy and prepare for collegiate career.”
Joseph will compete for Division I Syracuse next year.
His younger brother, David, ran in Friday’s hurdles, finishing sixth in 15.36.
Washingtonville’s Elijah Mallard claimed the No. 3 spot at 15.12 behind Michael Kilgallon (14.87) of upstate Queensbury.
Suffern’s Joseph second
In the boys championship 200-meter dash, Suffern’s Samson Joseph finished a hair behind Aidan McDuffie of Bullis, the Maryland high school with a big-time national reputation for producing sprinters.
A hair, in this instance, was .08 of a second. McDuffie hit the finish in 21.60 and Joseph crossed in 21.68.
That time was a personal-best for the Suffern junior.
John Jay-East Fishkill’s Jonathan Mahon clocked 22.25 for 10th and Pearl River’s Steve Fignole was 15th in 22.62.
Briarcliff’s Jolie Wasserman threw a personal-best 101-4 for third place in the girls javelin.
Goshan’s Emma Wapshare took the title with a personal-best 119-4 and Julia Belle Reyfman of New York City’s Poly Prep also PB’d with a second-place throw of 113-7.
Lakeland/Panas’s Suzan Conners recorded a more than nine-foot PB with a sixth-place 90-1 throw.
Arlington’s Shannon Pfeifer was seventh (88-0).
Chester’s Tristan Brideweser captured the boys javelin with a personal-best 140-0. North Rockland’s Brian Rivera was right behind with a second-place 139-1 throw that was also his personal best.
Monroe-Woodbury’s Alicia Johnson captured the girls championship pole vault at 11-8.
Washingtonville’s Sophie Mirecki was second at 11-4 and Clarkstown South’s Madison Chalfin cleared 11-0 — one inch off her personal best — for third.
Wappingers resident Eamonn Sullivan of Fordham Prep clocked 9:13.17 for second in the boys championship 2-mile run. Scarsdale’s Jake Coleman grabbed the third spot in 9:15.57.
The win went to Wolcott, Connecticut’s Nicholas Bendtsen in 8:53.15.
Mamoaroneck’s Jason Markopoulos ran 9:44.67 for 15th and Horace Greeley’s Rishi Young was 16th in 9:53.55.
Yorktown junior Sydney Leitner ran 10:41.76 to capture bronze in the girls championship 2-mile run.
The win went to Saratoga Springs’ Ella Kurto in 10:34.47.
Pearl River’s Una Boylan (11:02.63) was seventh.
Pearl River’s Claire O’Sullivan won the girls open 2 mile in 11:44.92.
Beacon ran 7:56.83 for fourth in the boys championship 4×800 relay. The win went to Ridgefield, Connnecticut in 7:45. 73.
John Jay-EF 9:53.65 was fourth in the girls championship 4×800 and Lourdes (10:12.74) was sixth. Guilderland won in 9:37.11.
John Jay-EF’s Arianna Gonzalez clocked a personal-best 26.62 for second place in the girls open 200.
Her time was .17 of a second behind winner Isabelle Shields of Kinetic and Saratoga Springs High and was .16 ahead of third-place finisher Makayla McFarland of Bullis.
Rye Country Day’s Arly Rodriguez also clocked a PB in the race, running 27.86 for sixth. Newburgh’s Denisha Cruz (28.28) was seventh.
The faster 200, the championship race, went to Bullis’s Victoria Perrow in 23.84.
Nanuet’s Samantha Dow ran 1:07.57 in the girls championship 400-meter hurdles. That placed her sixth out of 12. Taconic Hills’ Clare Howard won in 1:03.48
Newburgh’s Denisha Cruz (1:09.28) was eighth
Irvington (Jaleel Moody, Max Forte, Liam Sawian and Eadin Block) were a one-team show in the boys championship shuttle hurdles relay. Running unopposed, the Bulldogs clocked 48.94.
The New York State Showcase will continue Saturday in Accord with hours of events beginning in the morning.
Nancy Haggerty covers cross-country, track & field, field hockey, skiing, ice hockey, girls lacrosse and other sporting events for The Journal News/lohud. Follow her on Twitter at both @HaggertyNancy and at @LoHudHockey.