The Eastport South Manor boys track team lost its meet at Harborfields on Thursday by a score of 90-60, while the girls lost their meet 78-64 on the same day to Harborfields at home.
Sharks head coach James Robson said that Harborfields had a very large team and several versatile athletes. Add the fact that the Sharks have been without one of their best distance runners, Ryan Brandow, for a few weeks because he has been ill with bronchitis, and the Sharks had a tough time against Harborfields.
Kevin Ryan and John Schroeder were the only two athletes to place first for the Sharks. Ryan won the 400-meter race in 57.1 seconds, and Schroeder won the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, 3 inches. Mike Galluzzi placed second in the high jump with a jump of 5-2. Marc Cruz placed second in the discus with a throw of 102-3. Brett Kearns placed third in the 110-meter hurdles in 20.3 seconds and has become one of the more versatile athletes for Coach Robson.
“He did good last week and improved again this week,” Robson said of Kearns. “He increased his high jump by four inches.”
Right now, Kearns does the high jump, 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, but Robson has been trying to get him to run more so he has been participating the relay events as well.
The Sharks also participated in the Suffolk Coaches Invitational on Saturday but did not medal in any events. Robson said that it was not a good day for his squad, but did add that none of the athletes that participated took a step back. They were all consistent with their final times and marks, he said.
“They’re all working hard and trying to improve,” Robson said. “They are all noticing a steady improvement.”
The next league meet for Eastport South Manor will be May 1 at home against Rocky Point at 4 p.m.