Bonac Track Team Will Host Weekend Invitational

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Pierson freshman Grace Brosnan competing in the high jump earlier this year against Miller Place. Craig Macnaughton photo

Penelope Greene has been running pretty much non-stop since the start of this, her sophomore year. The fall cross country season quickly blended into indoor track, which gave way to spring track at East Hampton High School. And the results are starting to show.

Greene ran a personal best time of 2 minutes and 41.1 seconds in the 800 meters, finishing second, and won the 3,000 meters with a time of 12:33.6 to help lead the East Hampton girls track team to an 88-55 win over Amityville on Friday, May 3.

Many athletes turned around a day later and competed on Saturday in the St. Anthony’s Invitational, where the Lady Bonackers found additional success.

“It was an extremely long day and weekend but it panned out for our runners and walkers as they all bettered their time,” East Hampton girls coach Yani Cuesta said following Saturday’s invitational.

The boys and girls track teams will host the East End Classic Invitational this Friday and Saturday at East Hampton High School, with pentathlon athletes competing on Friday and the rest of the meet scheduled for Saturday.

Against Amityville on Friday, two Pierson athletes took first and second place in the 100-meter high hurdles, with Ellie Borzilleri winning in 17.9 seconds, followed closely by freshman Grace Brosnan, who was second in 18.3 seconds. The two also finished first and second in the 400 high hurdles, and Brosnan, who set a school record in the 55-meter high hurdles during the winter season, finished second in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches.

Pierson athletes have found success this spring in the throwing events as well. Senior Paige Schaefer, a soon-to-be collegiate field hockey player, finished second in the discus against Amityville with a personal-best throw of 71’8”. Pierson senior Carly Browngardt also throws the shot and discus, but on Friday she ran the 1,500 meters and finished second with a time of 7:03.4.

Other winners on the day included Jen Ortiz in the 1500 meters, Ashley Peters in the 100 meters, with a personal-best time of 12.7 seconds,; Mimi Fowkes in the 1500-meter race walk and Ava Engstrom in the 800 meters. Since the meet was already in hand, no points were awarded in the relays.

The annual Freshman/Sophomore meet is scheduled for May 14 and 15 at Longwood High School. The divisional championships and state qualifiers will be held late this month, with the New York State Championship meet closing out the season on June 7 and 8 at Middletown High School.

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