It was the strongest the East Hampton girls track team has been all season, according to head coach Dianne O’Donnell. Unfortunately it was also the final league meet of the year as the Lady Bonackers won in Eastport South Manor 79-61 on Thursday, as many of the athletes had personal bests in the team’s first win of the season.
“The meet went very similar to our Harborfields meet which is what we expected,” O’Donnell said. “It went down to the relays again, but this time we won two of them.”
Emily Hren, Jenn Reich, Shannon Murphy and Mary Goldman were the first winning relay team in the 4×400-meter race. They won in 61.1 seconds, a personal best for the four girls. Lauren Fitzgerald, Alex Keogh, Madison Reige and Kelly Naula were apart of the 4×800-meter relay team, which won in 11:51.3. Murphy was also first in the triple jump with a mark of 31 feet 1 inch which was a personal best for her. Christina Cassle finished in third place with a jump of 28-3, and she was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 21.5 seconds.
Including the win in the 4×400-meter race, Hren won four events, something that has only happened twice in O’Donnell’s 16-year career at East Hampton. Robin Ryan accomplished the feat in 2003, and Tenisha Harris completed the feat in 2001. Hren won the high jump with a mark of 5-2, won the long jump with a tally of 15-8 and won the 400-meter hurdles in 73.9 seconds.
Vicky Gholson won the discus with a throw of 83-9 while Britney Gholson was second with a throw of 83-8. Rachel Haub came in third place with a personal best throw of 83-6.
O’Donnell and Eastport South Manor head coach James Lever had been eyeing this meet for a while because both coaches knew they had similar teams.
“I’m not the type of coach where I can go into, for example, a meet against Sayville and tell the girls we’re going to win,” O’Donnell said. “I just tell everyone to do the best they can and they’ll get better. But against a team like Eastport South Manor, which is a comparable team to us, even the official said it was a great race and very competitive.”
In the shot put, Britney Gholson threw a personal best 29-4. Vicky Gholson was second with a 28-8 throw and Sarah Philipbar was third with a 26-5 throw. Keogh was second in the 1,500-meter race in 5:40, and Fitzgerald was third in 5:47.2. Amanda Rivera recorded a personal best in the 1,500-meter race-walk in 9:29.1, and Mary Goldman was second in the 400-meter race in 65.2 seconds. Shana Whelan won the 3,000-meter race in 13:40 and had asked O’Donnell to give her some motivation to win the day before the meet.
“It’s her senior year, last dual meet,” O’Donnell said. “She said to me before the race, ‘Don’t let me give up. Yell at me, be mean to me.’ So that’s what I did and it worked.”
After the meet, the team celebrated with brownies and cookies on the bus ride home.
The Bonackers haven’t had much of a problem winning meets this season and the success continued this past week as East Hampton won 79-58 in Islip on May 5 and then beat Eastport South Manor 100-40 on Thursday at home.
After a loss to Harborfields the week before, East Hampton head coach Bill Herzog was curious how his team was going to respond. They came back strong as they won nine of the events in the meet against Islip.
Marcus Edwards won the triple jump with a mark of 40-3, and Andrew MacNiven was second with a tally of 39-5. Ahkim Amada completed the sweep with a jump of 37-5. Edwards also won the long jump with a mark of 19-3 while MacNiven won the high jump with a mark of 6-0 and came in second place in the 100-meter dash in 12 seconds. Pat Riley won the 1,600-meter run in 4:57, while Jake Patterson won the 400-meter dash in 54.7 seconds. Joe Quigley was a winner of the 400-meter hurdles in 59.5 seconds.
The Bonackers swept the shot put event when Roger Quigley threw a personal best of 42-2. Gregg Slevinski came in second with a throw of 41-6 and Nikko Hatgistavrou was third with a throw of 41-5.
East Hampton won two out of the three relay events and set a personal best in the relay it did not place in. The 4×100-meter winning team was Brenden Mott, Edwards, MacNiven and Amada with a time of 47.4 seconds. Jake Patterson, Jack Charde, Pat Riley and Joe Quigley won the 4×400-meter in 3:46.15, and the team of Jim Grogan, Tom Thorsen, Aaron Besch and Andy Hessler did not place in the 4×800-meter but did get a personal best in 9:20.7.
In the meet against Eastport South Manor, East Hampton swept five events. Mott placed first in the 200-meter dash in 24.8 seconds while Charde finished in second in 24.9 seconds. Edwards was in third in 25 seconds and all of their times were personal records. Edwards won the triple jump again with a mark of 40-8. MacNiven was second with a jump of 39-2, and Amada was in third place with a mark of 38-5.
In the shot put, Roger Quigley was first with a throw of 41-0 and Slevinski was second with a throw of 40-9. Joe Quigley was third with a throw of 40-5. Joel Kelsey won the discus event with a tally of 105-1. Slevinski was second with a throw of 99-9, and Ryan Sherman was third with a throw of 91-10. Amada won the long jump with a mark of 18-3. Kelsey finished in second place with a jump of 18-2 and Peyton Kelley was third with a jump of 16-6.
Joe Quigley set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles in 58.4 seconds which was also good for first place.