East Hampton, Westhampton Beach Track Teams Beat The Snow To Host Meets This Week

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The East Hampton boys track team at their home meet with Rocky Point on Saturday.

The recent blitz of snowy weather kept several track and field teams sidelined this weekend, but there was some action on the East End on Saturday before Sunday’s storm blew in.

Both the East Hampton and Westhampton Beach boys and girls track teams had meets on Saturday, with the East Hampton teams both competing at home against Rocky Point, while the Westhampton Beach squads did the same at home against Kings Park.

Hampton Bays and Southampton were scheduled to face off against each other on February 10, with the boys competing in Hampton Bays, and the girls teams in Southampton. Results from that meet will be in next week’s edition.

East Hampton

The Bonac boys team picked up a 50-45 win over Rocky Point on Saturday. Senior Luc Campbell won the 55-meter high hurdles in 9.2 seconds, with junior Michael Moret taking second in 10.2 seconds; junior Amari Gordon won the 1,600-meter race (5:02) with teammate Brayan Rivera, a freshman, taking second in 5:10; sophomore Jackson Bakes won the 55-meter dash in 7.3 seconds, while senior Matthew McGovern was second in the 1,000-meter race in a personal-best time of 3:21; Matt Rosario was second in the 600-meter in 1:50, another personal-best effort; Campbell also won the 300-meter race in 39.6 seconds, with Jackson taking third in 43.4 seconds; and the 4×400-meter relay team was first with a personal-best time of 3:56.

As of Monday, Lady Bonackers head coach Yanina Cuesta was still waiting to find out if her team would hold onto what was a 43-39 lead and earn their first win of the season. East Hampton was winning at the conclusion of the meet, but the scores from the long jump and high jump were not yet tabulated. This season, teams will sometimes contest the field events at practice prior or after the meet, using the honor system, if conditions don’t allow those events to be contested on the day of the meet. Rocky Point was unable to contest those events during the week because of the snow. East Hampton, meanwhile, has been unable to compete in the high jump this season because its high jump mats were damaged in the offseason and have yet to be fixed or replaced.

East Hampton girls track team at their home meet with Rocky Point on Saturday.

Despite those minor setbacks, Cuesta said the meet went well, and the athletes had some fun moments on another day in what has been an unusual season, competing outdoors with snow on the ground nearby, and no spectators allowed at the track.

“The weather was great and everything moved along smoothly,” she said. “It was fun running with everyone there, boys and girls. I know several of my girls mentioned they liked how the parents in the parking lot honked their cheers as they ran by.”

Bella Tarbet and Pierson student Penelope Greene both won a pair of events, with Tarbet taking first in the 55 hurdles (10.8 seconds) and the 1,000-meter race (3:50.65), while Greene won the 1,500-meter race (5:20.30) and the 600 (2:03.09). The 4×400-meter relay team of Ava Engstrom, Bella Tarbet, Emma Hren and Penelope Greene took first in 4:59.39. Engstrom was second in both the 1,500 (5:27.70, a season’s best) and the 600 (2:03.10), while Ryleigh O’Donnell was third in the 1,500 (5:35.60) and second in the 300 with a personal-best time of 47.50. Ally Schaefer was third in the shot put (18 feet 1 inch), while Hannah Ramundo (a Pierson student) and Nicole Velez both had personal records in the same event, with marks of 18 feet ½ inch and 16 feet 11 ½ inches, respectively.

Lyla Wilson was third in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 24 feet; Velez was second in the 55 hurdles (11.6 seconds), and Chavez was second in the 1,000 (3:51.04).

Neither team ran a 3,000-meter race, the 1,500-meter racewalk, or the 4×800-meter relay.

The East Hampton teams are scheduled to compete on February 14 and February 20 to close out the winter (formerly known as “indoor”) track season.

Westhampton Beach

The Lady Hurricanes remained undefeated at 4-0 and were led by Jackie Amato, who was first in three events in her team’s 50-27 win over Kings Park. Amato took first in both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter races, and was the lead-off leg for the winning 4×400-meter relay team, which also featured Emily Tully, Oona Murphy, and Gabby Wendel. Maureen Duffy and Oceane Ode had several strong performances on Saturday as well, with Ode winning the 55-meter dash and Duffy taking first in the 600-meter race. They were part of the winning 4×200-meter relay team along with Anabel Velloso and Valerie Finke. Finke won the 55-meter hurdles and was third in the 55-meter dash, while Tully was second in the 1,000-meter race and Jessie Dunn was second in the 600. Velloso and Wendel finished second and third, respectively, in the 300, and Madison Phillips, Aina Byrne and Emma Way all had their best times of the season in the 300.

The boys came away with a 43-35 win to improve to 3-0-1, led by Gavin Ehlers, who won both the 300 (39.84 seconds) and the 3,200 (9:44), and Max Haynia who won the 1,600 in 4:43 and the 1,000 in 2:58. Trevor Hayes was second in the mile race (4:47) and second in the 3,200 (two-mile) as well.

The teams did not contest field events.

Westhampton Beach was scheduled to finish the winter track season on February 13, with the boys visiting Sayville, while the girls will host Sayville.

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