Eastport South Manor girls track coach James Lever believes his team has been improving steadily since last spring and the results back that up.
The girls went to the Hispanic Games at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City and returned with a few place finishes. Margaret Doyle came in 21st in the 1,500-meter racewalk in 8:31, a personal best for both her indoor and outdoor times, while Christina Robinson placed 45th in 9:25.
In the one-mile run, Emily Tooker placed 19th in 5:44. Lever said that the mile is usually run by the boys teams and the 1,500-meter run is more common for girls. A 5:44 converts to a 5:19 in the 1,500-meter run and that would have been a personal best for Tooker, he added.
ESM’s Jessica Leach, who has one of the top 10 times in the county in the 55-meter dash in 7.79, and Brittany Mailander, whose 9.74 time in the 55-meter hurdles is also in the top 10 in the county, are both looking to do well at the league championship which will be January 25 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.
“We should be in the mix, which would be pretty nice for these girls because they have had their hearts in this from the beginning,” Lever said.
Lever is happy his team is doing well this winter as it only means positive things for the spring season.
“That’s one of the best things about having teams in all three seasons,” he said. “It’s nice seeing progress.”
The Lady Sharks will travel outside of the state for the first time in its program history on Friday when they go to Yale for a relay invitational.
The Sharks only went to one of their meets last week on Friday, January 9, at SCCC-Brentwood for the winter relays.
Two relay teams placed for ESM. The 4×400-meter relay squad placed fourth in 4:10 while the 4×800-meter relay squad placed sixth in 10:28. Names for the runners on each squad were not provided in time to be included in this article.
ESM is scheduled to be at SCCC-Brentwood again on Saturday for a crossover meet which will start at 5 p.m.