The Westhampton Beach boys track team defeated Elwood/John Glenn 77-53 on May 7 at home and then traveled to White Plains to participate in the Loucks Games on Friday.
Jared Nilsson had a great meet against Glenn as he was the winner of four events. He won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.1 seconds, the 100-meter dash in 11.3 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 23.1 seconds and he was also on the winning 4×400-meter relay team, which won in 3:47. Avery Raimondo, Alex Choi and Will Kearns were the other runners who made up the winning team. Brandon Penn, Jared Carpenter, Dylan McAllister and Forest Gilbakian won the 4×800-meter relay in 9:50.
Kearns won two other events to go along with his 4×400-meter win. He won the 1,600-meter in 4:55 and the 3,200-meter in 11:09. Choi won the 400-meter hurdles in 62.6 seconds, which is a season’s best for him. Kyle Schlecht came in second place in 69.1 seconds.
Steph Andrakis won the pole vault with a leap of 9 feet 6 inches. Will Heisman was second in the triple jump with a mark of 36-11. Ted Wolfersdorf was second in the high jump with a leap of 5-6. Jake Manzer was third in the shot put with a 36-11 throw, and Ray Hensley was third in the pole vault with a jump of 8-0.
The Loucks Games featured almost 100 teams from Canada, Bermuda and various places from along the east coast.
“It’s one of the toughest meets in the northeast,” Westhampton Beach head coach Jim Ford said. “The competition was the best I’ve seen in years.”
In order to participate in an event, athletes had to qualify weeks before the actual games took place. Nilsson took eighth place in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.1 seconds and he was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.1 seconds. Kearns was 12th in the 1,600-meter race in 4:26 and was 11th in the 3,200-meter race in 9:34. Wolfersdorf accrued 2300 points in the pentathlon which was good enough to place him 12th overall.
The Lady Hurricanes were at Elwood/John Glenn on Thursday and lost 75-71.
Leah Bulletti won the 1,500-meter race-walk in 7:18. Lila Miller won the 400-meter race in 62 seconds and also won the 200-meter dash in 26.6 seconds. Kira Braithwaite won the shot put with a throw of 28-11, and she also won the discus with a throw of 83-3. Molley Bennet was a winner in the 3,000-meter race in 11:21.
“It’s going to be up to the girls to get ready for the divisional meet,” Westhampton Beach head coach John Broich said. “We’ll probably be bringing about 12 to 15 girls to that race. At this point, we’re going to put the kids where they have the best possible spot at placing.”
The Lady Hurricanes were originally going to travel to White Plains to participate in the Loucks Games with the boys but decided not to make the trip due to the poor weather.
Eastport South Manor
The Sharks lost their meet in East Hampton 100-40 on Thursday. Eastport South Manor head coach James Robson said the meet was a little strange because it panned out the way he wanted it to but the result was the opposite of what he expected.
“We had everything that I thought we we’re going to have from the beginning of the season,” he said. “I thought we were going to be stronger in the middle and long distance events and weak in the sprinting events and that’s what happened. In this meet, it really played out because the way the meet was situated and the team East Hampton had.”
Ryan Brandow came in first place in the 3,200-meter race in 11:26 for the Sharks. He then placed second in the 1,600-meter race in 5:21. John Schroder was first in the 1,600 in 5:05.
Brett Kearns was third in the 110-meter hurdles in 19.9 seconds. The placement wasn’t as important as the fact that he has improved his time by four seconds since the beginning of the season. Kearns placed second in the 400-meter hurdles in 71.2 seconds. Nick Parsley finished in third place in the 100-meter race in 19.9 seconds. Kevin Ryan finished in third place in the 400-meter race in a personal best 55.7 seconds. Steve Ceretta placed second in the 800-meter race in 2:24.
The Sharks also participated in the St. Anthony’s Invitational on May 2 and May 3. Robson was particularly impressed with a few runners. Schroder ran in the unseeded 1,600-meter race and finished seventh in 5:01. Ceretta, Brandow, Ryan and Schroder did not place in the 4×800-meter but did take almost 30 seconds off of their previous time in the event.
The Lady Sharks lost their meet to East Hampton on Thursday at home 79-61.
Jessica Leach won the 200-meter dash in 27.8 seconds. Amanda Smith placed second in 27.9 seconds. Eastport South Manor head coach James Lever said finishing under 28 seconds for both of the girls is a big deal as they look to improve each meet and each day in practice.
Colleen McKenna won the 100-meter dash in 13.1 seconds while Leach took second in 13.4 seconds. Margaret Doyle won the 1,500-meter race-walk in a personal best 9:16. Morgan Baust won the 400-meter race in 64.5 seconds in her first time running in the event. Lever also wanted to mention Jackie Nocita who did not place in the 800-meter race but did finish in 2:59 which was an excellent time for her.