The Lady Baymen track team will be led once again this spring by Shanna Heaney, who has made a trip to the New York State Championships the past three seasons and will be looking for her fourth trip this spring. All signs point to her making it, as she made states during cross country in the fall and indoor track in the winter.
Heaney, who has committed to Fordham University, will be running the 800- and 1,500-meter races for Hampton Bays. Victoria Moynihan was second in the discus last year at the state qualifier, just missing a chance to go upstate. She will be looking to get to states this season, and Hampton Bays head coach Dave Oakley said Moynihan has already thrown very well this season. Moynihan also competes in the 100-meter hurdles.
Layla DeLuca will return to the high jump and hurdling events for Hampton Bays, while Hannah Reed returns to track after missing last season. She’ll compete in the high jump and intermediate hurdles.
Cameron Heaney, Shanna’s younger sister, will be the team’s long distance runner in the 3,000-meter race. Drew Zawcaki is new to the team this season but looks promising in the sprinting events.
League VII should be ruled once again by Bayport/Blue Point and Shoreham/Wading River this spring, but the rest of the league—Center Moriches, Mount Sinai, Southampton and Wyandanch, along with Hampton Bays—will be very competitive.
“We’ll be right in there in some individual races,” Oakley said. “We have an untested team with a lot of new girls. I’m optimistic we’ll do very well.”
Hampton Bays will host Bayport/Blue Point today, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in what will be the first dual meet of the season for both teams.
Although the team sent two athletes, Andrew Morris and Josiah Hoshyla, to the New York State Championships last season, the Baymen still haven’t won a dual meet in two seasons—something head coach Dave Goodman wants to change this season.
In his second full season as head coach of the team, Goodman, in an effort to change his team’s losing ways, recruited a number of different athletes from within the school to add to the track athletes who have been on the team for a few years. The team still will be led by distance runner Nick Berglin, who is just a sophomore but is already entering his fourth season on the varsity team. Nick, along with his brother Christian, should shore up the team in the distance running events. Goodman said Nick Berglin, who ran at the cross country state championship in the fall, could be the top sophomore runner in the county this season.
Also returning to the team this season is Clayton Quiroz, Joe Veck, Brian Intermaggio and Seth Donnan. Quiroz should take over Hoshlya’s role as the team’s top pole vaulter, but he’s very versatile. He can score points at a dual meet in the 110-meter high hurdles and will help the team in the 4×100-meter relay as well.
Intermaggio will continue to compete in the high jump this season. He reached 5 feet 10 inches to finish All-League last season, and Goodman expects him to improve.
New to the team are football speedsters Sean Sullivan, Taylor Catz and Justin Robinson. Goodman, who is an assistant coach on the varsity football team, is bringing in Sullivan, Catz and Robinson to help in the sprinting events, which have been low-scoring for the Baymen in previous seasons. Christian Iquia, Angel Bamberger and Jamie Rincon are coming over from the soccer team to help in the mid-distance events.
“It’s going to be interesting. We just have to get people into the right spots,” Goodman said. “I want to win dual meets. We now have enough talent out here to do it—we just need to have one first to see where we’re weaker. But I’m really interested to see how we do this season, and the kids are excited.
“In a month we’ll be better,” he continued. “But I do think we should be able to win some meets. We’re not going to go 0-and-whatever this year.”
The Baymen have their first meet today at Bayport/Blue Point at 4:30 p.m. and will host their first meet on April 4 against Shoreham/Wading River at 4:30 p.m.