The East Hampton girls track team was originally going to send at least one athlete to the Small Schools Championship, held Saturday morning at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus, until those plans were derailed when Emily Hren could not shake the flu in time for the meet.
Hren, who competes in the high jump, had been sick all week and was only able to practice once before Saturday’s competition. Instead of competing, she was shut down by East Hampton girls track head coach Yani Cuesta.
Noting that Hren made a 5-foot-6-inch jump at a crossover meet earlier this season, Cuesta said her athlete did not hurt her chances of participating in the state qualifying meet, which will be held at Suffolk West on Tuesday, February 10, by missing Saturday’s contest.
“She is way ahead of the rest of the girls,” Cuesta said. “We just want her to come back nice and healthy.”
Cuesta added that if Hren was to place first at the state qualifying meet, she would be a lock at attending the state championship meet later this year. Even if Hren finished second next Tuesday, she would still have a good shot at advancing to the states. If she places third or lower, she will most likely not make it to the state tournament.
East Hampton’s Jessica Warner, who participates in the 55-meter dash, and Ashley West, who competes in the 600-meter dash, just missed the cut to compete at the Small Schools Championship.