After two more dual meet victories last week, the Eastport South Manor boys track team was close to clinching the League V title. The final dual meet of the season—May 7 at undefeated Kings Park—will decide who wins sole possession of the title.
ESM went 3-3 last spring, but the cross country team won the league title this past fall.
“I just think that a lot of guys have stepped up,” ESM head coach Brian Methven said. “We’re relying more on our sprinters than we ever have. The throwers are doing a great job. We’ve scored in every throwing event except against Huntington. Our distance runners may be the top group we have, but without the sprinters or throwers, we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in.”
ESM first won, 71-61, at Bellport on April 23, then won, 75-61, at Islip on Thursday, April 25, to remain undefeated at 5-0. Against Bellport, Matt Lafferty won the high jump with a height of 5 feet 4 inches. The victory by Lafferty gave the Sharks some breathing room heading into the relays at the end of the meet.
Tom Meehan won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Meehan finished the 1,600 in 4:35.
Against Islip, Dan Tapia, D.J. Horn and Tyler Murano all won the 800-meter race. They all finished under 2:12. The 4×400-meter relay team of Tapia, Luke Lafferty, Quade Goldenberg and Dave Laguerra won in 3:40. Tapia’s split of 53.7 seconds was the fastest in all of the relays this season for ESM.
Gary Murano won the 3,200-meter race in 10:40, while eighth-grader Ryan Corbett finished second in 10:49.
The ESM girls won their lone dual meet last week, 89-60, at home on April 23. It was the first win of the season for the Lady Sharks (1-4 League V) and the first victory over Bellport in program history, according to head coach James Lever.
Alex DeCicco won the 1,500-meter race and tied for first place with teammates Betsy Spellman and Ashley Schafer in the 3,000-meter race. Schafer also placed third in the 1,500.
Marisa Mazzoni placed second in the 100-meter high hurdles and won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Sarah Ritzmann placed third in the intermediate hurdles.
Rachel Pfeiffer won the high jump in a school record height of 4 feet 9 inches, besting the previous record, which was set in 2009, by an inch. Emily Shore placed second in the pole vault in a school record height of 6 feet 10 inches.
Keara Brown won the long jump and also anchored the winning 4×100-meter relay team with Ngarie Ross, Hope Boulliane and Shannon Ryan. DeCicco, Lisa Marone, Mazzoni and Taylor McClay won the 4×400-meter relay. Marone also won the 400-meter dash and McClay won the 800-meter run.
Spellman, Schafer, Ashlyn Dalton and Kate Happe won the 4×800-meter race. Brittany Castoro scored her first dual meet points by placing second in the 400-meter dash in 67.7 seconds.
ESM also went to the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday. McClay placed fourth overall in the 400-meter open dash in 62.1 seconds. Lever said she was the fastest underclassmen (eighth through 10th grade) in the race. McClay was also part of the winning 4×800-meter relay team, which finished in 10:22. McClay was joined by DeCicco, Happe and Dalton in the relay.
Schafer finished the 800-meter open run in a season’s best 2:32. She also placed second in the 3,000-meter open race in 11:19. DeCicco finished the 1,500-meter open race in a personal best 4:56. Spellman finished the same race in a personal best 5:22.
Mazzoni finished the 400-meter hurdles in a personal best 69.86 seconds, which placed her third overall. She then placed sixth in the novice 200-meter dash in 29.44 seconds. Mazzoni was also part of the 4×100-meter relay team that finished in a season’s best 55.02 seconds. Boulliane, Ryan and Brown also ran in the relay.
The Hampton Bays girls track team evened its dual meet record at 2-2 with a 79-71 victory at Mount Sinai on April 24. The meet came down to the relays and the Lady Baymen had to win two of the three relays to win the meet.
Hampton Bays won the 4×100-meter relay in a season’s best 55.7 seconds and won the 4×800-meter relay in another season’s best 11:08. Catherine Konstantnopoulos, Drew Zaweski, Mary Kelly Hilton and Layla Deluca made up the 4×1 team. Hannah Reed, Cameron Heaney, Megan Tully and Shanna Heaney made up the 4×8 squad.
Shanna Heaney won three separate events, the 1,500-meter race (5:01), the 800-meter run (2:25) and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (72.5 seconds). Victoria Moynihan set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 113 feet 6 inches. Cassie Pensa originally set the record in 2001 with a throw of 113 feet 4 inches. Moynihan also had a personal best finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.8 seconds. And she won the pole vault with a height of 7 feet.
Layla Deluca won the high jump with a height of 4 feet 9 inches and she placed second in the 100-meter dash in 13.2 seconds. Hilton set personal bests in both the triple and long jumps. She leaped 30 feet 4 inches in the triple and 13 feet 8 ½ inches in the long jump.
At the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday, Shanna Heaney reset her own school record in the 800-meter race in 2:16.8. She had set the school record two weeks ago at 2:18.10. She also set a new school record in the 3,000-meter race in 10:58.7. The previous record of 11:08 was set by Wendy Kuhn back in 1995.
Heaney now owns school records in the 800-, 1,500-, and 3,000-meter races, along with the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and 2,000-meter steeplechase.
Moynihan placed third in the discus with a throw of 80 feet 10 inches. She placed fifth in the 100-meter novice hurdles in 17.6 seconds. Hilton placed third in the novice long jump with a 14-foot-4¼-inch-leap. Reed placed fourth in the novice intermediate hurdles in 74.4 seconds. Deluca placed fifth in the open high jump with a height of 4 feet 6 inches.
The Lady Baymen also went to the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 25. The 4×100-meter relay group of Konstantnopoulos, Zaweski, Hilton and Deluca finished in 57.1 seconds. Reed, Tully, Cameron and Shanna Heaney finished the 4×400-meter relay in 4:27.
The Hampton Bays boys track team (1-3 League VII) lost, 79-62, at home to Mt. Sinai on April 24. Joe Veeck and Taylor Catz placed first and second, respectively, in the 400-meter dash in 55 and 56 seconds. Justin Robinson and Sean Sullivan placed first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter dash in 11.2 and 11.5 seconds. Robinson also won the 200-meter dash in 23.8 seconds.
Robinson, Brian Intermaggio and Johan Tran swept the high jump with heights of 5 feet 10 inches and 5 feet 8 inches. Darrell Galicia won the shot put with a season’s best throw of 41 feet 2 inches.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Sullivan, Catz, Robinson and Clayton Quiroz won in 46.4 seconds. The 4×400-meter relay team of Veeck, Nick Berglin, Francesco Nicotra and Dan Marte won in 3:48.
The Baymen also ran at the West Babylon Relays on Friday night. The same 4×1 relay team placed first in a season’s best 45.8 seconds. Catz replaced Marte on the 4×4 team that also won in 3:50. Christian Berglin won the mile race in 5:26. Isaac Tran placed third in 5:39.
The Baymen then turned to the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday. The same 4×1 team placed third out of 17 teams in 46.09 seconds. Quiroz placed sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.9 seconds. Robinson placed sixth in the high jump with a height of 5 feet 8 inches.
Galicia placed ninth in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet 9 inches and placed 10th in the discus with a personal best throw of 114 feet. Nick Berglin finished the 3,200-meter race in a season’s best 10:44.
The Westhampton Beach boys and girls track team hosted the 11th annual Westhampton Beach Invitational at the high school on Saturday. There were 26 schools represented on the boys side, while 20 schools were represented by the girls.
For the Hurricanes, Alex Atwater placed second in the 800-meter open run in 2:00. Peter-John Ferrebee placed fifth overall in the 110-meter high hurdles in 17.01 seconds. He also placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet 8 ½ inches.
The Hurricanes (1-3 League VI) lost their dual meet last week, 91-46, at Sayville on April 23.
Graham Brown, Alex Patricolo and Frank Leotta swept the 1,600-meter race. Brown won it in 4:56 with Patricolo finishing in 4:59.7 and Leotta finishing in 5:07.4. Atwater won the 800-meter run in 2:09. Patricolo won the 3,200-meter race in 10:57.5.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Leotta, James Blydenburgh, Sean Ebrus and Christian Schroder won in 9:36.
The Lady Hurricanes had a number of athletes do well at the invitational. Lauren Lorefice placed fourth in the 100-meter open dash in 13.3 seconds. She also placed second in the 200-meter open dash in 26.7 seconds.
Steph Vickers won the 1,500-meter open race in a personal best 4:54.84. The 4×400-meter relay team of Lorefice, Vickers, Nora Murphy and Grace Gilbakian set a new school record in 4:13.43, besting the previous record set in 1998 by .55 seconds. The 4×100-meter relay team of Lorefice, Sabrina Mason, Nikki Haber and Morgan Ford placed sixth overall in 54.36 seconds.
Mason placed sixth in the pole vault with a height of 7 feet 6 inches. Perla Moran placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 71 feet 7 inches. Mason won the 1,500-meter race walk in 7:27.27, with Ellen Griffin placing third in 8:05.55. Gilbakian won the 800-meter freshman race in 2:28.6.
A few Lady Canes did go to the Penn Relays on Thursday, April 25. The 4×4 team of Vickers, Gilbakian, Lorefice and Murphy placed fourth in their heat in 4:14. The 4×1 team of Ford, Lorefice, Haber and Annica Penn finished in 54.16 seconds.
The Lady Canes lost their dual meet last week at home to Sayville 85-50 on April 23. Vickers won the 1,500-meter race in 5:05 and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 71.2 seconds. Lorefice won the 100-meter dash in 12.5 seconds and won the 200-meter dash in 26.5 seconds. Gilbakian won the 800-meter run in 2:30.
The Lady Canes swept the 1,500-meter race walk. Penn won in 7:10, followed by Mason at 7:35 and Griffin at 8:15. Kira Kelly placed second in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 10 inches.