With a team that’s more than half made up of new athletes, the East Hampton-Pierson-Bridgehampton girls track made an admirable effort during an 82-56 loss at home to Mount Sinai in the team’s season opener. The meet was originally scheduled for May 5, but was rescheduled to the following day due to inclement weather.
Even though the Bonackers had a number of “first timers,” many of them won their respective events. East Hampton sophomore Casey Stumpf won the triple jump with a leap of 26 feet 10 ¾ inches; East Hampton freshman Dylan Cashin won the 800-meter race in 2:40.69 and placed second in the 1,500-meter race in 5:11.81; and Pierson sophomore Meredith Spolarich won the high jump with a height of 4 feet 8 inches. She also placed second in the discus with a throw of 62 feet 10 ½ inches. East Hampton junior Giulia Meli placed third in the discus with a 54-foot-4-inch throw. Bridgehampton sophomore Leslie Samuel placed second in both the long jump (14 feet 2 ½ inches) and 100-meter dash (13.9 seconds).
Pierson senior Penelope Greene set a new school record in the 3,000-meter race in 10:52.09, surpassing East Hampton senior Ava Engstrom’s previous record of 11:01.82 set on May 21, 2018. East Hampton senior Bella Tarbet won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a personal best 80.17 seconds, won the shot put with a toss of 28 feet 6 inches, and placed second in the 100-meter high hurdles in 19.98 seconds. East Hampton senior Bella Espinoza won and tied a personal best in the pole vault by reaching 9 feet 6 inches. She also placed second in the 200-meter race, finishing in a personal best 28.6 seconds.
Cashin, Engstrom, Tarbet and Greene won the 4×800-meter relay in 10:58.7 and the 4×400-meter relay team of Spolarich, Pierson freshman Khalila Martin, Pierson sophomore Uma Nolan and East Hampton senior Anna Carman won in 4:58.41.
The East Hampton girls competed at Islip on Wednesday, while the boys are slated to open their season Thursday at home against Islip at 4:30 p.m.