Keaton Crozier is one of the top athletes on the East Hampton boys track team, and he can score in a variety of events. But when it comes to the triple jump, Crozier can also give his coaches a scare from time to time, because he tends to foul on a number of chances before landing a big jump.
That’s exactly what happened last week, when Crozier fouled on his first two attempts. But he made his last chance count, winning the event with a personal-best leap of 40 feet. That victory in the triple jump gave the host Bonackers a commanding lead in an eventual 78-63 win over Westhampton Beach in the final dual meet of the season.
The victory improved East Hampton’s dual meet record to 2-4 in League VI, making it the best season the team has had since 2008, and the best season under Christopher Reich, who took over the team in 2010.
“It takes time to have high school athletes buy into the program and work with each other and realize it’s not all individual events,” Reich said. “You need good throwers, hurdlers, jumpers, sprinters, and distance guys to make it all come together. If you sweep the sprints and lose it all in the throws, you’re right back to where you started with a tied score.
“Having a winning feeling feels good again, though, and it’s made three years of work worthwhile,” he added.
Crozier also won the long jump with a personal best leap of 20 feet ½ inches. T.J. Paradiso placed third in the same event with a leap of 16 feet 10 inches. Paradiso also placed third in the 400-meter dash, which Pablo Carreno won.
Adam Cebulski won the 1,600-meter run in 4:42. Hunter Kelsey won the 100-meter dash and Wanya Reid placed second. Reid won the 200-meter dash in 23.6 seconds while Kelsey placed second in 23.9 seconds. Even Larsen placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:05.9. Claudio Figueroa of Bridgehampton placed third in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, finishing just under 70 seconds. Jermain Phillips placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles in a personal best 19.5 seconds.
Will Ellis and Larsen placed second and third, respectively, for clearing 5 feet 2 inches in the high jump. Josh King won the shot put with Liam Kessler placing third. King placed second in the discus while John Grogan placed third. Jack Ryan and Kessler placed first and second, respectively, in the pole vault.
East Hampton also went to the John Glenn Invitational on Saturday. King placed sixth overall in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet ½ inch. Ellis reached 5 feet in the high jump and placed third overall. Crozier placed second in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 4 ½ inches and fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet 8 ½ inches. John Ryan won the pole vault after clearing 10 feet. Kelsey placed third in the 100-meter dash in 11.9 seconds. Reid placed second in the 200-meter dash in 24.2 seconds.
Up next for the Bonackers will be the Division Championships at Connetquot High School on Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 23. Reich said he’s taking about a dozen or so of his best athletes to divisionals and will hope for the best. According to Reich, Cebulski (1,600-meter), Erik Engstrom (3,000-meter steeplechase) and possibly Larsen (800-meter race) have the best shots at making it to the State Qualifier, which is May 31 and June 1 at Port Jefferson High School.
Girls Fall At Westhampton Beach
The young Lady Bonacker track team lost its final dual meet of the season, 84-65, at Westhampton Beach. The loss left the girls winless in six meets.
East Hampton had a number of solid performances, though. Dana Cebulski won the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet 11 inches. Marissah Gilbert placed third with a leap of 28 feet 3 inches. Cebulski also won the 1,500-meter race in 5:00.8 while Alyssa Bahel placed third in 5:44.4. Cebulski also won the 800-meter race in 2:25.3. Kathryn Wood placed third in a personal best 2:45.6.
Amanda Calabrese won the 100-meter high hurdles in 17 seconds, which resets her own school record, set earlier this season. Jessenia Duque placed third in a personal best 19.9 seconds. Bahel won the 3,000-meter race in a personal best 11:49.8, and Devon Brown placed second in 12:42. It was the first time Brown ran the 3,000.
Cecilia Blowe won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 4 inches, a personal best. Wood placed second with a leap of 14 feet ½ inch. Taliya Hayes won the shot put with a throw of 27 feet 5 inches. The 4×800-meter relay team of Brown, Bahel, Cebulski and Lilah Minetree won in 11:19.9.
The Lady Bonackers also went to the John Glenn Invitational on Saturday. Cebulski placed second in the 800-meter race in 2:22.9 and third in the 1,500-meter race in 5:06. Shannon Ryan placed second in the 1,500-meter racewalk in 8:35.7, a personal best. Calabrese placed third in the 100-meter high hurdles in 17.7 seconds.
East Hampton was at the Freshman/Sophomore Championships at Longwood High School on Tuesday. The Division Championships for the girls are Monday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 22, at Connetquot High School.