Not every school sends a team to the Freshman/Sophomore Championships, but with such young squads, both the East Hampton boys and girls track teams sent fairly large contingents to the meet, which was held at Longwood High School last week.
The boys, who competed on May 15, were led by Erik Engstrom in the freshmen 2,000-meter steeplechase. He placed third overall in 6:41, which could have actually been a little faster had he not faltered around the water-pit jump. Still, head coach Christoper Reich said it was a strong race for Engstrom.
T.J. Paradiso placed 10th in the freshmen 400-meter dash in 57.7 seconds. Dan Soto finished 17th in the freshman 100-meter dash in 13.39 seconds and 17th in the 200-meter dash in 26.65 seconds. Jackson Rafferty finished the freshmen mile in 5:04, for 22nd place. James Makrianes finished the same race in a personal best 5:14. The freshmen finished 17th out of 25 teams with six points.
As for the sophomores, Liam McGovern finished the 400-meter dash in a personal best 64 seconds, which placed him 39th overall. “It’s been fun to watch him grow, and if he keeps playing soccer with guys like Nick West all summer, it’ll surely improve his running as he gets stronger for next year’s winter and spring season,” Reich said.
Will Ellis placed 16th in the 110-meter high hurdles in 20.02 seconds.
The first day of the Division Championships for the boys were held on Tuesday and will finish tomorrow, Thursday, at Connetquot High School. Results occurred too late for this week’s article and will appear in next week’s issue.
Wanya Reid will be competing in the open 200-meter dash, Evan Larsen will be in the open 800-meter race, Adam Cebulski will be in both the mile and 2-mile races, Keaton Crozier will be in the long and triple jumps, Jack Ryan will be in the pole vault and Engstrom will be in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
East Hampton will also have a 4×400-meter relay team as well as a 4×800-meter relay team. Paradiso, Hunter Kelsey, Jack Link and John Grogan make up the 4×4 while Cebulski, Larsen, Crozier and Bridgehampton student Christian Figueroa make up the 4×8.
The Lady Bonackers competed in their Freshman/Sophomore Championships on May 14, also at Longwood High School.
Dana Cebulski placed second in the sophomore 1,500-meter race in 5:02.98 and placed second in the sophomore 800-meter race in 2:24.98. Amanda Calabrese placed fourth in the sophomore 100-meter high hurdles in 17.45 seconds. Cecilia Blowe placed fifth in the freshman 200-meter race in 29.2 seconds. Nina Piacentine placed fifth in the freshman 1,500-meter race walk in 8:33.48. Gabby McKay placed fifth in the freshman triple jump with a leap of 32 feet ½ inch. Taliya Hayes placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 28 feet 1½ inches. Jessenia Duque placed fifth in the 100-meter high hurdles in 19.49 seconds.
The first day of the girls Division Championships were held Monday and finish today, Wednesday, at Connetquot High School. Cebulski was expected to compete in the 800, 1,500 and 4×800-meter relay but she will miss the entire meet due to an illness. The only way she will be able to make it to the State Qualifier, which is May 31 and June 1 at Port Jefferson High School, is if her best of season times hold up through divisionals. East Hampton head coach Yani Cuesta thinks Cebulski still has a good shot.
“She has an opportunity because not all the girls who are listed on the best of season will be entered into the events she does,” she explained. “So many girls do so many events throughout the season that when it comes to State Qualifiers they focus on the event or events that they have the best chances at taking them to states.”
Calabrese will be competing in the 100-meter high hurdles and pole vault at divisionals this week. Alyssa Bahel will be in the 3,000-meter race, while Blowe will be in the 200-meter dash and long jump. Hayes will be in the discus and shot put. McKay will be in the triple jump while Anna Hoffman and Danni Dunphy will be in the high jump. Nina Piacentine and Shannon Ryan will both compete in the 1,500-meter race walk.
Calabrese, Blowe, McKay and Tyra Stewart will comprise the 4×100-meter relay team. Bahel, Devon Brown, Lilah Minetree and Kathryn Wood will make up the 4×800-meter relay team.