In what Hampton Bays head coach Dan Lennon called a good practice meet for his team, the Baymen defeated Pierson 100-40 at home on Thursday. Meanwhile, the girls weren’t as fortunate as they lost to Mercy at home 86-63 on April 30.
Not only were the Baymen able to blow past Pierson in many of the events, they were able to accomplish some personal bests. Perry Guito won the 100-meter race in 11.3 seconds and then placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 10 feet. Both results were personal bests.
“He keeps getting better and better as we go along,” Lennon said. “If he keeps working hard he has a good chance of going upstate this year.”
Luis Gracia led all Baymen with three wins. He won the long jump with a 19-foot-9-inch jump, the triple jump with a 39-foot-4-inch mark, and the 200-meter race in 23.3 seconds. Rob Guinta won the pole vault with a tally of 11-6. Andre Garces came in first place in the 400-meter run in 55.4 seconds, just a few seconds off his personal best of 53.36 seconds, a time he recorded at the Westhampton Beach Invitational just a few weeks ago.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Guito, Garces, Gracia and Marcus Shams came very close to breaking the school record of 45.2 seconds. They finished in 45.7 seconds but still placed in first.
“It’s all about handoffs,” Lennon said of the relay races. “We found the four kids we want running the race; now it’s all about getting their timing down.”
The Baymen’s last meet of the season was Monday in Port Jefferson against the rival Royals.
In order to win their meet against Mercy, the Lady Baymen had to win all three relay races. They failed to do so, but they did break a school record in the 4×100-meter race. The team of Samantha Carey, Molly Maitland-Walker, Elia Figari and Meridythe Donnan finished the race in 55.1 seconds which was only good for second place with Mercy finishing just 0.2 second in front of them.
Krista Robben won both throwing events. She took the discus with a throw of 82-3 and the shot put with a throw of 26-6 inches. Melissa Gregory placed first in the 800-meter race in 2:37, and Maegan Gunther won the high jump with a mark of 4-6. Carey won the pole vault with a tally of 6-6, and Sarah Greene finished in the second place in the 400-meter with a personal best of 63.3 seconds.
Hampton Bays was one of the many schools who participated in the Conference Relays at Shoreham-Wading River High School last weekend. The Lady Baymen took home many medals.
Caitlyn Diffley and Elizabeth Blevins came in first place in the 2×400-meter high hurdles. In the 4×200-meter relay race, Anna Blydenburgh, Carey, Donnan and Gunther came in second place. Blevins, Corinne Lein, and Maraya Ferreira finished in second place in the 3×100-meter race. Sarah Reed, Samantha Makis, Stefani Joslin and April Bennet came close to beating a school record in the 4×800-meter relay. They finished in 11:14 and the school record was 10:48. Reed, Joslin, Makis and Julia King finished in first place in the 4×1,600-meter race in 26:48. The tandem of Carey and Blevins won the pole vault, while Bennet, Gunther and Lein won the high jump. Robben, Meghan Johnson and Kaity Arenz took second place in the shot put, while Robben, Lein and Johnson took second in the discus. Bennet, Gunther and Donnan took home second place in the long jump and Priscilla Quiroz and Johnson placed second in the 1,500-meter race-walk.
The Lady Baymen had a meet at home on Monday against Port Jefferson. Their last meet of the season was on Wednesday at home against Babylon.