Hampton Bays senior Shanna Heaney, for all intents and purposes, is going out on top.
Heaney ran to a silver-medal finish in the Division II 800-meter race at the New York State Track and Field Championships, crossing the tape in 2:12.5 on Saturday at Middletown High School. She finished a little over a second behind Division II champion Jenna Cupp of Newark Valley.
Overall, Heaney finished seventh in the state. Sabrina Southerlan of Cardozo set a new state meet record by finishing the race in 2:06.09, besting the previous record by well over a second.
Southerlan, however, actually helped Heaney and the rest of the group run faster.
“I wanted to stay with the faster girls,” Heaney explained. “Southerlan kind of pulled me along.”
Heaney said because they ran the meet so tight, not allowing coaches on the infield of the track, she couldn’t hear head coach Dave Oakley yell out her time splits. Instead, she just tried her best to keep up with Elwood/John Glenn’s Sarah Hardie, who only finished three tenths of a second ahead of Heaney.
Just 15 minutes after running the 800, Heaney competed in the 1,500-meter race and placed ninth in Division II, 20th overall, in 4:53.11. Athletes had little time to recover from their Saturday races as many events that were scheduled for Friday had to be pushed back a day due to the weather.
“I was so excited,” Heaney said of placing second in the 800 meters. “I’ve never placed at spring states before, so it was a big improvement for me. I didn’t do as well in the second race, but as Coach Oakley said, it was just gravy.”
Heaney caps off her career as the most successful female track athlete to graduate from Hampton Bays. She reached the state championships in cross country, winter and spring track, and she either owns a school record or is part of a school record in seven different events.
Her name is atop the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, the 800-meter run, the 1,500-meter race, the 2,000-meter steeplechase and the 3,000-meter race. She’s also a part of the 4×400- and 4×800-meter relays that hold school records.
Heaney will be attending Fordham University in the fall where she’ll be a part of the cross country and track and field teams.
“I’m really happy with the way this year has gone, especially since I didn’t have the greatest cross country season last year,” she said. “But I had strong year in cross country this year and it carried over to track.
“It’s been my best year yet and it’s kind of exciting to get all of the school records,” she continued. “I’m looking forward to running with the fast girls in college.”
Intermaggio, Moynihan Also Compete UpstateSenior Victoria Moynihan and junior Brian Intermaggio also made the trip upstate for Hampton Bays.
Moynihan finished 16th in both of her events, the discus and 100-meter hurdles. She threw the discus 91 feet 11 inches and finished the hurdles in 18.3 seconds.
Intermaggio was one of five different high jumpers who could not clear the opening height of 6 feet, which was his best jump of the season at the State Qualifier two weeks ago. Intermaggio will be back next season to try to make it to states for the second year in a row.