The Eastport South Manor boys track team placed last at the League III Championship at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday, but head coach Jim Robson is hopeful that at least one of his runners will qualify individually for the Small Schools Championship, which is Monday at Suffolk West at 6 p.m.
Robson, who was slated to find out for certain Wednesday evening, said he believes Alec Rosenberg has the best chance to make it, in the 300-meter dash. Rosenberg posted a time of 40.69 seconds in the event on Saturday, good for 14th place—but, as Robson explained, qualifying for the Small Schools Championship is based not solely on an athlete’s placement at the league championship but on one’s entire season.
“He didn’t automatically qualify with his time on Saturday,” he said. “But I’m going throw his name into the pot anyway. I think he’s on the line.”
Zach Thorne, one of the best runners on the ESM squad, did have the highest placement of all the Sharks who participated on Saturday, finishing eighth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:52, beating his personal best by four seconds. However, in order to qualify for the Small Schools Championship, an athlete must have participated in six meets throughout the season, something Robson said Thorne did not accomplish.
“I would have liked to have taken him to the Small Schools Championship,” he said of Thorne. “He’s a competitor and he likes to run.”
Robson will be bringing his 4×200-meter and 4×400-meter relay teams to the meet on Monday, since every team is allowed to bring at least three relay teams. The 4×200 squad of Rosenberg, Joe Scalamadre, Dan Josepher and Alex Cavagnaro placed sixth in 1:43 at the league championship, while the 4×400 squad of Thorne, Aaron Newcombe, Kevin Seidler and Steven Froelich placed fifth in 4:06.
The Lady Sharks did very well in a competitive League III Championship at Suffolk West on Sunday, finishing sixth with 37 points. North Babylon won the meet with a total of 106 points.
Junior Emily Tooker placed second in the 1,500-meter run in 5:22, while fellow junior Margaret Doyle finished second in the 1,500-meter race walk in 8:35. The 4×200-meter relay team also placed second in 4:29, but the names of the runners could not be reported in time for this article.
Tooker, Doyle and the 4×200 relay team seem to be locks to be at the Small School Championship at Suffolk West on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ESM head coach James Lever was at a meeting on Wednesday evening to find out who will actually qualify for the championship.
Other athletes who scored for ESM were junior Brittany Mailander, who placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.74 seconds, and junior Jasmine Bancore, who placed sixth in 3:21.