The East Hampton boys and girls track team had a bye last week in terms of dual meets, but the Lady Bonackers went to the Joe Brandi Relays at Connetquot High School on Saturday.
For many of the girls, it was their first invitational ever and head coach Yani Cuesta called it “an eye-opening experience” for them.
“The girls who do both running and field events have the hardest time usually because they have to keep track of the schedule and sometimes be at two places at the same time,” she said. “It gets interesting.”
Since the invite was run in relay format, every event was competed in either groups of two or four. None of the girls were able to place, but a number of them had personal bests.
In the 2×400-meter intermediate hurdles, Nicole Notel, running it for the first time, finished her race in 87 seconds. Kati Tikkanen finished her race in a personal best 87.83 seconds.
Nina Piacentine finished her race in the 2×1,500-meter race walk in 9:33.28. Shannon Ryan finished her race in a personal best 9:46.14. Kata Kavanaugh finshed in a personal best 10:10.01 and Julia De Sousa finished in a personal best 10:11.88. And Samara Banados, competing in the race walk for the first time, finished in 11:01.06.
Dana Cebulski competed in the triple jump for the first time ever and her best leap was 28 feet 10 inches. Cuesta said it was impressive, not only because it was the first time she ever competed in the triple jump, but because she had already run in the 4×800-meter relay and the 1,600-meter leg of the distance medley relay earlier in the day.
Ashley Lynch competed in the high jump for the first time and reached a height of 4 feet 2 inches.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 4/23, vs. Rocky Point; Saturday, 4/27, at Westhampton Beach Invitational, 8:30 a.m. Girls—Wednesday, 4/24, at Rocky Point, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4/27, at Westhampton Beach Invitational, 8:30 a.m.