Leading off today:
Raise your hand if you picked Haley Riorden
to win the girls 800 meters on Friday at the NYSPHSAA track and field championships at Cicero-North Syracuse.
OK, put your hand down. We know you're lying. And the reason we know that is because champions aren't supposed to come out of the second of four heats.
Helped by a hot early pace set by the race leader, Riorden, a Rush-Henrietta junior, scored the improbable victory in 2:09.96, dropping almost six seconds off her personal best. The remaining two heats were won by DeAnna Martin of Valley Stream South in 2:10.67 and Lindsey Butler of Corning in 2:10.17, and Riorden walked off with the first-place hardware.
On a day in which only three of the top eight times came out of the "fast" heat, Butler's time held up for second place.
"I wasn't expecting that at all," Riorden said. "I didn't even make the fast heat, so that was a really big surprise to me. It feels amazing."
Riordan also ran a leg on the Royal Comets' 1,600 relay, which rallied to victory in Division I in 3:52.52 on the strength of yet another great anchor leg by USC commit Lanae-Tava Thomas. Middle Country was second in 3:52.92.
Thomas also anchored the winning 400 relay (:46.89).
Tuohy ... again: North Rockland standout Katelyn Tuohy broke her own state overall record and set a national sophomore record of 9:09.71 in the girls 3,000 meters.
She finished well over half a lap in front of runner-up Kelsey Chmiel of Saratoga (9:46.03).
"My goal was to break nine minutes," said Tuohy, ran 9:15.20 a week earlier at the state qualifier. "I know I'm capable of it. Indoor, I ran 9:05, but I guess today just wasn't the day."
Tuohy is entered in Saturday's 1,500 meters.
More girls highlights: Alexandra Tudor of Shenendehowa won the Division I triple jump in 39-6.5.
Brittany Castelluccio of Fonda-Fultonville edged fellow Section 2 competitor Olivia Chamberlain of Cobleskill with a leap of 18-10 in the Division II long jump.
• North Rockland's Nadia Saunders won the Division 1 long jump with a personal-best of 19-2.75.
• Lansing's Meghan Matheny had a short but sweet day on her way to the Division II pole vault championship. She entered the competition at 10 feet, cleared that and 11-0 on her first go, made 11-6 on her second try and made the winning height of 12-0 on her first attempt.
Future teammates battle: Elijah Claiborne of Northport and Ben Bulkeley of Fairport, both slated to enroll at Penn State in the fall, finished first and third, respectively, in the boys Division I 800 meters.
"We weren't trying to be too friendly, because I knew that he would be my competitor in this race," Claiborne said. "So we really weren't talking that much this week."
Claiborne won in 1:52.33 after kicking into the lead with just over 200 meters to go. Goshen's Liam Higgins moved into second in 1:53.25 and Bulkeley was third in 1:53.41.