The distance runners led the Westhampton Beach girls track team at the Jim Howard Meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Sunday. The meet is named in honor of longtime Brentwood girls track coach Jim Howard, who died after a battle with brain cancer three years ago.
Sophomore Molly Bennett finished with a time of 5:22 in the 1,500-meter race and had a time of 3:26 in the 1,000-meter race against a large contingent of runners from across Suffolk County.
Freshmen Remy Kneski, Brianna Spano and Krista Kearns all competed in the 1,000 as well, with Spano finishing in 3:41, Kneski clocking in at 3:42 and Kearns finishing in 3:46. Junior Kaylene Mason ran the 1,500 in 5:55 for the Lady Canes.
In non-distance events, junior Kaitlyn Mitchell ran the 55-meter hurdles in 10.4 seconds, while senior Megan Pepe—a lacrosse player who does track only in the winter—finished the 600-meter race in 2:01.
At the League Relays at Suffolk West on January 6, the Lady Hurricane distance medley relay team finished first with a time of 14:02.67. The team included Bennett, Lila Miller, Amber Selig and Lindsay Andarakis. The distance medley relay begins with a 1,200-meter run followed by a 400, 800 and 1,600.
The Lady Canes will travel to New Haven, Connecticut to compete in the Yale University High School Classic on Friday in the 4×200-meter relay, the distance medley relay, the 4×800 and the 4×400.
They will also compete in the Art Mitchell Meet at Suffolk West on Saturday and will compete in the league championships on January 25.
The future of the Westhampton Beach boys winter track team was on display at the freshman/sophomore meet at Suffolk West on Sunday. Sophomore Forest Gilbakian finished fourth in the 3,200-meter sophomore run with a time of 10:31.27 and was also fourth in the sophomore 1,600 with a time of 4:56.38. Brandon Penn finished eighth in the sophomore 3,200 with a time of 10:58.50, and Tim Hulse was 22nd in the same event with a time of 11:58.34.
In the sophomore 55-meter hurdles, Cody Owen was 16th with a time of 10.40 seconds, and Garrett Benham was 21st with a time of 11.50 seconds.
Avery Raimondo was 10th in the 600-meter dash for sophomores with a time of 1:35.99 and Joe Palagonia was 19th in the 300-meter dash for sophomores in 41.90 seconds.
The 4×400-meter sophomore relay team finished seventh for Westhampton Beach in 4:11.84 and freshman Mike Polan was 11th in the freshman 600-meter race in 1:46.39.
The Hurricanes will compete in the coaches meet on Saturday at Suffolk West and will participate in the league championships on January 24.