The East Hampton girls track team lost its season-opening dual meet at home to Miller Place, 81-17, on Thursday, March 21. The meet was cut short due to inclement weather.
Miller Place is one of the top teams in Suffolk County this season, and it was going to be a tough meet for a young East Hampton team, regardless of the conditions. The only event won by East Hampton was the 1,500-meter race walk, by Nina Piacentine, who finished in 9:38.96.
There were, however, a number of Lady Bonackers who finished second or third in individual events. Dana Cebulski placed second in the 400-meter run, in 65.3 seconds. Gabbie McKay placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet ¾ inch. Taliya Hayes placed second in the discus with a throw of 73 feet, and she placed third in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet 7 inches.
Katie Mendoza placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 28 feet 5½ inches. And Amanda Calabrese placed third in the 100-meter high hurdles, in 19.13 seconds.
East Hampton head coach Yani Cuesta said she had only received new mats for the pole vault and high jump the same day as the team’s first meet, so no girls have been able to practice in those events so far. That gave eight and nine points, respectively, to Miller Place.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to practice them both this week and be better prepared for our meet at Sayville [next week],” she said.
Boys Edged By Miller Place
The East Hampton boys track team hasn’t won a dual meet in three years, but its 76-64 loss to Miller Place on Thursday, March 21, was the closest it has gotten to a victory in that time span, according to head coach Chris Reich.
The Bonackers had a number of athletes win their respective events. East Hampton swept the 400-meter run, which Reich said was a big milestone for his team. Evan Larsen won the race in 57 seconds, while John Grogan placed second with a time of 59 seconds, a personal best. Nick Tulp placed third, in 63 seconds.
Keaton Crozier won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 4 inches; he also won the triple jump, but his measurement was not provided. Will Ellis won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 20 seconds. Thomas King won the high jump, and Josh King won the shot put.
East Hampton also won the 4×100-meter relay in 50 seconds. The team was made up of Liam Kessler, Hunter Kelsey, Brent Henry and Wanya Reid.
“I’m very proud of the team, and we have a great chance at winning a lot of meets this year,” Reich said.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Thursday, 4/4, at Sayville, 4:30 p.m. Boys—Thursday, 4/4, vs. Sayville, 4:30 p.m.