IRVINGTON, N.Y. Mamaroneck High School's two-time state 1,000-meter indoor champion Amina Banks breezed to victory in the mile run at Monday's League II-C outdoor track and field championships as she closes out the last month of her high school athletic career that has produced nothing but success in both the indoor and outdoor venues.
"I'm looking forward to going to college and competing on that level," Banks said after winning the mile run. She plans to attend Duke College. "I really had a great indoor season and now we're finishing out the outdoors. I'm enjoying running with some of my relay teammates and some of the younger girls who are coming up."
Banks' protégés, eighth-graders Lauren Chapey, who placed second in the mile, and Charlotte Stevens, stood side by side with their senior mentor enjoying the chilly aftermath of the race.
"We're just starting out, so we have a lot to learn," Chapey said. "When you see someone on your team like Amina succeed so well, you think you can work hard and also be successful."
Stevens said she is focusing on getting better with each race and hopes to keep in shape through the summer months once the school year ends.
"I'll try to get running in early in the day so I can get stronger," Stevens said. The league events help us get better and gain experience. And running with Anima is great for us."
For Banks, who has achieved on the indoor and outdoor track, the future in bright for Mamaroneck's middle distance runners.
"They don't run like eighth-graders," Banks said of her young teammates. "They are talented and they work very hard. It's fun to watch them grow and get better."
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