Ever since Dave Goodman took over as head coach of the Hampton Bays boys track team a few years ago, he’s been trying to recruit football players, with the goal of making the squad more athletic.
Goodman, who is also an assistant coach of the football team, finally saw his master plan come to fruition this past weekend as the Baymen qualified an athlete for the New York State Track and Field Championships. The event will be held this weekend at Middletown High School in upstate New York.
Junior Brian Intermaggio cleared a personal best 6 feet in the high jump, which placed him seventh overall but first among Class II jumpers, to earn a trip upstate.
Intermaggio was actually battling senior teammate Justin Robinson and Mattituck freshman Darius Brew for the privilege of traveling upstate, but neither Robinson or Brew could clear 6 feet. Robinson, who ended up jumping 5 feet 10 inches, nearly cleared 6 feet but the bar fell off. Brew cleared 5 feet 8 inches.
Robinson nearly qualified in three other events, too. He finished the 100-meter dash in 11.45 seconds, finishing just one-tenth of a second off the qualifying standard. Robinson also finished second to Port Jefferson junior Jasper Rubin-Sigler, who placed first among Class II runners in 11.27 seconds.
Robinson then finished third in the 200-meter dash, crossing the tape in 23.25 seconds, and anchored the 4×100-meter relay team that placed third, or ninth overall in the county, in 44.89 seconds, which bests the previous school record of 45.34 seconds. He was joined by Clayton Quiroz, Sean Sullivan and Taylor Catz. Quiroz also ran in the 110-meter high hurdles and finished 17th in 16.7 seconds.
“Football and track are working hand-in-hand right now at Hampton Bays,” Goodman said. “It is reaping benefits for both teams.
“The football team still lifts weights together on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the offseason,” he added. “All track athletes that play football attend those sessions as a regular part of practice. With head football coach Mike Oestreicher working those boys out inside, I and assistant coach Kevin O’Toole can work on specialties of other athletes.”
All of that lifting has given the Baymen a strong 4×1 squad this season, according to Goodman. Robinson, Sullivan and Catz have played football the past three seasons, while Quiroz just joined the team last fall. But Quiroz had ran track the past three seasons.
“Clayton was our best 110-meter high hurdler, our best pole vaulter, and did a great job showing these guys the ropes this season,” Goodman said. “They started the season running times around 50 seconds and rated 48th out of 54 relay teams at one time.
“By the end of the year, they had broken the school record four times, finishing the year with their best time of the year at state quals,” he continued.
Hampton Bays had a number of other athletes at the State Qualifier as well. Senior Darrell Galicia finished 21st in the shot put with a throw of 42 feet 5 inches. Sophomore Nick Berglin finished the 3,200-meter race in 11:01.17, which placed him last overall. Nick was joined by his twin brother, Christian, and Angel Bamberger and Tyler Reimer in the 4×800-meter relay. They finished 17th overall in 9:06.06.
Hampton Bays Girls
For the fourth consecutive season, senior Lady Baymen Shanna Heaney has qualified for states, a feat that head coach Dave Oakley does not believe has ever been accomplished before in Suffolk County.
Heaney placed second overall, first among Class II runners, in the 800-meter run in 2:14.08, which resets her own school record. Elwood/John Glenn junior Sarah Hardie won the race in 2:13.46.
Heaney also qualified in the 1,500-meter race in 4:48.67, which placed her fifth overall but first in Class II.
Victoria Moynihan will join Heaney upstate as she won both the 100-meter hurdles and discus in Class II. She finished the hurdles in 18.04 seconds and threw the discus 94 feet 3 inches.
It’ll be the first time Moynihan, a senior, will be at states.
This season marks the second consecutive year that the Lady Baymen have qualified two athletes for states. Heaney was joined by Alyssya Bowen (pole vault) last season.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Shanna and Cameron Heaney, Hannah Reed and Samantha Thompson placed second in Class II in 10:27, missing qualifying for states by one placement.