NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Junior Ava Jolley and senior Juliette Intrieri did North Salem proud at the Section 1 Class C championships, finishing in first and second place, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run.
On Feb. 10 at the Armory in New York City, Jolley, who has established herself as one of the best distance runners in the state, finished in 10:22.57, nearly a minute ahead of her North Salem teammate.
“Ava is Ava,” said Coach Chris Gould. “She’s put herself as not just a top New York runner but nationally as well.”
Intrieri, who will continue running in the fall at Brandeis University, finished the 3,000-meter run in 11:19.62. She also took third place in the 1,500-meter run (5:16.89).
“It’s good to see for Juliette because she’s really worked hard to get where she is,” Gould said.
Jolley and Intrieri are the only two North Salem runners advancing to the state qualifying meet, which will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 23, also at the Armory. Jolley will compete in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs, while Intrieri will run the 3,000 meter.
Other runners competing at sectionals were senior Katie Mogg (55 meter, 300 meter, 4x400), junior Lily Guiliano (300 meter), freshman Mia Santis (600 meter, 4x400), senior Emma Litchfield (600 meter), sophomore Robert Moia (300 meter, 4x400), senior Nick DiGiacomo (600 meter, 4x400), freshman Jake Greenberg (1,000 meter, 4x400), sophomore Liam Trageser (1,000 meter), senior Henry James (1,600 meter), sophomore Alexander Laqueur (4x400).
“We had half the team qualify for county and class [championships], so that was pretty is exciting,” Gould said. “These kids came, trained and worked hard. The class meet, out of the 13 kids, I think we had nine who had personal bests.”
The strong performances by Jolley and Intrieri helped North Salem girls place seven out of 11 teams at the Section 1 championships. Also scoring a point was the 4x400 relay team (Intrieri, Jolley, Katie Mogg and Mia Santis), which placed sixth.
Visit Halston Media Sports on Twitter (@Halston_Sports).