Suffering from a lack of depth, the East Hampton girls track team lost its first meet of the season 115-28 on April 1 at Sayville and lost its second meet at home to Islip the following day by a 110-36 margin.
The Lady Bonackers only have 22 girls on the team this season and head coach Diane O’Donnell said that numbers could be down because the school did not have a track last year during the construction of a turf football field.
“The kids that are here are turning in good performances,” she said. “We can’t fill in a lot of the events because we just don’t have enough people on the team. Girls are turning in three or four events by themselves.”
Against Sayville, East Hampton was only able to place high in two events, the shot put and discus. In the shot put, Brittney Gholson placed first with a throw of 27 feet, 6 inches while her sister Vicky came in second with a throw of 26-1. The two went on to take the discus event as well in the same fashion with Brittney placing first with a throw of 77-5 and Vicky taking second after a throw of 75-5. The Gholsons were the only placers for the Lady Bonackers against a strong Sayville team.
In both meets, East Hampton was outnumbered by an average of 27 girls. The strain that puts on the entire team is enormous, said O’Donnell.
“The main thing we’re dealing with is the fatigue factor,” she said. “Everyone is doing as much they can, but toward the end of the meets we’re getting tired.”
Against Islip, the Lady Bonackers did “appreciatively” better, according to O’Donnell. Emily Hren finished first in the long jump with a leap of 15-6. She also placed first in the high jump with a mark of 5-3. Julia Lee placed third in the high jump with a jump of 4-8. Rachel Hobb, one of the newest members of the team, won the discus event with a throw of 80-7, and Brittney Gholson came in second place with a mark of 70-4. O’Donnell said Hobb appears to be a natural in the discus event and just needs to get her technique down a little bit better.
In the shot put, Vicky Gholson came in first with a throw of 28-11. Brittney Gholson was second with her throw going 27-11. Amanda Rivera finished with a personal best time in the 1,500-meter race-walk with a time of 9:34.1, good for second place. In the 800-meter race, Mary Goldman finished in second place with a time of 2:55.4, while Jen Reich placed third with a time of 2:59.6.
East Hampton had many third-place finishers. Shannon Murphy placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 27-5, Reich was third in the 400-meter run with a time of 71.7 seconds and Kelly Naula placed third in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 14:26.
O’Donnell said East Hampton probably did better against Islip because the Sayville meet was the first of the season and the team was still trying to figure out which athletes would be better in each event.
“We have eight seniors and four juniors,” she said. “Everyone else is new. It was the first time a lot of them went into a meet, and I think a lot of them were not sure of what a race would demand of them.”
O’Donnell said that she changed the lineups so her team would be in a better position to score more points in the meet and that helped quite a bit.
“It’s a learning process,” she said. “I can confidently say that they will improve as they get more hardened to competing.”
East Hampton continued its season at Rocky Point on Tuesday. The Lady Bonackers will be home on Monday to face Comsewogue at 4 p.m.