The Eastport South Manor boys track team may not have won a league title this season, after an 88-50 loss at undefeated League V champion Kings Park on May 7, but it did finish with the best dual meet record in program history at 5-1.
ESM’s dual meet record has steadily improved since head coach Brian Methven took over three years ago. ESM has gone from 2-4 in 2011 to 3-3 last season, and now 5-1.
Methven said he his team’s loss to Kings Park last week wasn’t a big surprise. “They do a lot of things well,” he said of the Kingsmen. “They’re not a distance team like us, but their mid-distance runners are good. They have one of the best jumpers in the county, and they’re just very good at the field events. They’re a well-rounded team. They’re definitely the best team we’ve faced—and a worthy champion, that’s for sure.”
Dave Laguerra, not known for his work in the jumping events, had to compete against Kingsman Tom Colella, one of the top jumpers in the county, in the long jump. After Colella jumped 20 feet 9½ inches, Laguerra impressed his head coach with a leap of 20 feet 8¾ inches, a personal best by far.
Dan Tapia won a close 800-meter race in 2:04, while Gary Murano won the two-mile race easily.
The Sharks also went to the Loucks Games at White Plains High School on Saturday. Tom Meehan placed 10th overall in a season’s best 4:20 in the mile race. Tapia set a new school record in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 52.6 seconds. Steve Rathjen previously held the record at 53.1 seconds, set two years ago. Laguerra finished the same race in 52.8 seconds. Sean Clarke continues to improve his school record in the discus. He threw 126 feet, a new personal best. Luke Lafferty had a personal best leap of 19 feet 9 inches in the long jump.
The ESM girls lost, 103-47, at home to Kings Park on May 7. Emily Shore improved her school record in the pole vault by clearing 7 feet; her previous best was 6 feet 6 inches. Hope Boulliane won the triple jump with a leap of 31 feet 10 inches.
The Lady Sharks fared much better at the Hampton Bays Invitational on Saturday. Alex DeCicco set a new school record in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:22.9, and Taylor McClay set a new school record in the 1,500-meter race, 4:40.5. McClay held the previous record in the 800, 2:23.44. McClay bested Briana Hayes’s record in the 1,500 by 7.5 seconds. Betsy Spellman finished the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:09, 23 seconds faster than her previous best.
The Lady Hurricanes pulled out a victory in their final dual meet of the season on May 7, beating East Hampton, 85-64, at home to finish the season at 1-5 in League VI.
Lauren Lorefice set new school records in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. She won the 100 in 12.5 seconds and won the 200 in 25.4 seconds. The previous school records were not provided.
Nikki Haber won the 400-meter dash in 65 seconds. Kira Kelly won the high jump, and Annica Penn won the 1,500-meter racewalk in 7:02. Sabrina Mason won the pole vault after clearing 8 feet 6 inches. Perla Moran won the discus.
Westhampton Beach went to the Loucks Games on Saturday. Penn won the 1,600-meter racewalk in 7:29, and Steph Vickers bested her own school record in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:19.68.
The Westhampton Beach boys team lost its final dual meet of the season, 78-63, at East Hampton on May 8. Peter-John Ferrebee won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.1 seconds and won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 65 seconds. Alex Atwater won the high jump after clearing 5 feet 2 inches, and he won the 800-meter race in 2:05. Patrick Osborne won the discus with a throw of 83 feet 7 inches.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Eric Silverman, Chris Razzano, Mike Guttuso and Jake Lorefice won in 49.7 seconds. The 4×800-meter relay team of Atwater, Graham Brown, Greg Horbatiuk and James Passarelle won in 9:09.
Westhampton Beach then competed at the Suffolk Relays at Bayport/Blue Point High School on Saturday. Atwater won the 800-meter race with a personal-best time of 1:59.59. The 4×800 relay team placed third, in 8:38. The sprint medley relay team of Silverman, Guttuso, Khai Henderson and Chase Golding placed fourth, in 1:47.41. Silverman, Guttuso, Brown and James Blydenburgh took home a silver medal after finishing in 4:04.55 in the mile medley.
The Lady Baymen track team hosted its Hampton Bays Invitational on Saturday. A number of different schools competed in the meet, including Brentwood, Middle Country, West Islip and Patchogue/Medford.
Shanna Heaney won both the 800- and 1,500-meter races. She won the 800 in 2:17.9 and the 1,500 in 4:46. Victoria Moynihan placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.7 seconds and placed third in the pole vault after reaching 7 feet. Ariel Levine won the pole vault with a height of 7 feet. She was awarded first place for reaching 7 feet in the fewest number of attempts. Moynihan was also third in the discus with a throw of 94 feet 5 inches.
Vanessa Parra placed seventh overall in the 1,500-meter racewalk with a personal-best 10:12. Hannah Reed placed fifth in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 6 inches, and she placed seventh in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, in 72.9 seconds. Mary Kelly Hilton finished 11th overall in the 200-meter dash, in 28 seconds. Hannah Martinez placed 10th in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet 3 inches, a personal best.
The Hampton Bays boys track team (3-3 in League VII) won its final two dual meets of the season. After winning, 110-31, at Center Moriches on May 1, the Baymen returned home on May 8 and defeated Southampton, 78-74.
Justin Robinson was the big point-getter in the win at Center Moriches. He won the 100-meter dash (11.2 seconds), 200-meter dash (23.2 seconds), high jump (5 feet 8 inches), and he anchored the winning 4×100-meter relay team, which won in 45.6 seconds. Sean Sullivan, Clayton Quiroz and Taylor Catz made up the rest of the 4×100 squad.
The meet with Southampton came down to the final event, the 4×100-meter relay, which Hampton Bays won in 45.8 seconds to win the meet.
Catz, Darrell Galicia, River Hand and Seth Donnan scored 17 out of 18 points in the discus and shot put combined. Robinson won the 100-meter (11.2 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (22.8 seconds). He also won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 8 inches and again anchored the winning 4×100 team. Francesco Nicotra won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 64 seconds. Joe Veeck placed second in the 400-meter dash in 55.2 seconds. Brian Intermaggio placed second in the long jump (17 feet 8 inches) and high jump (5 feet 6 inches). Nick Berglin placed second in the 1,600-meter (4:59) and 3,200-meter races (10:55).
Hampton Bays went to the Suffolk Relays at Bayport/Blue Point on Saturday. Catz and Galicia placed second in the shot put relay. Catz had a mark of 41 feet 8 inches, while Galicia had a mark of 42 feet 7 inches. Intermaggio and Robinson placed third in the high jump relay, both clearing 5 feet 6 inches. The 4×100 team placed third against 26 teams with a time of 45.7 seconds, which was first among small schools. The 1,600-meter medley relay team of Berglin, Rob Lovett, Jamie Rincon and Angel Bamberger placed third overall, in 4:12. Quiroz and Intermaggio placed third in the pole vault relay, with Quiroz clearing 11 feet while Intermaggio cleared 9 feet.