Senior Nikko Hatgistavrou, who placed third in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet 1 inch, led the East Hampton boys track team at a crossover meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood last Thursday. Several other Bonackers also placed among the top six in their events.
Senior Rodger Quigley placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 39-3. John Reyes, a senior from Connetquot, placed first with a mark of 45 feet while senior Matt Wagner of Bellport had a distance of 40-8 for second place.
East Hampton head coach Bill Herzog was surprised to see junior Greg Slevinsky, usually his best performer in the shot put, not place higher than Hatgistavrou or Quigley.
“He just didn’t have it,” Herzog said of Slevinsky. “Both guys did well and had a good day. I’m happy for both of them.”
Junior Brenden Mott, participating in the triple jump for the first time this winter, placed fourth in the event with a leap of 39 feet 3 inches.
In what was the first time it had run all year, the 4×800-meter relay team of sophomore Zack Newberger, freshman Mike Hamilton, senior Brian Fink and junior Aaron Vargas placed sixth in 9:46.80.
The 4×200-meter relay team for East Hampton placed third with a time of 1:44.38. North Babylon placed first in 1:38.23 while Connetquot was second in 1:40.49.
Considering the Bonackers have only gotten two full practices in, Herzog said he has been pleasantly surprised with how well the entire team is doing. He said the reason behind the limited practice time is because the gym is usually taken up by other winter sports, such as basketball or wrestling, and those sports take precedence over track which for the most part is an outdoor sport.
East Hampton will be back in action after the holiday break on January 4 at SCCC-Brentwood at 1:30 p.m. for another crossover meet. The Bonackers will take part in the winter relays on January 9 at 5 p.m. at SCCC-Brentwood.