The East Hampton boys and girls cross country teams hosted their first true home meet in more than 20 years September 24, welcoming the Shoreham/Wading River girls team and Rocky Point boys team to Cedar Point Park. In years past, Bonac runners have had to travel to Indian Island in Riverhead for meets, but they were able to get approval to host meets at Cedar Point Park this year.
The boys dominated Rocky Point in a 15-45 win, improving to 3-0 on the season, putting them in first place in League VI. Individual finishes and times were not available. The girls lost, 21-38, to Rocky Point, falling to 0-2 in League VI. Dana Cebulski was the top finisher for East Hampton, taking fourth in 18:56, while Liana Paradiso finished in 19:01 and Jackie Messemer finished in 19:26.
Both the Pierson boys and girls cross country teams beat Ross on September 24 at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. The boys won, 27-30, while the girls won, 25-31. For the boys, Cesar Rodriguez won the race in 19:32, while for the Lady Whalers, Elena Skerys and Maya Buckner finished first together, with times of 23:30. The Whalers traveled to New Jersey over the weekend to compete in the Six Flags Invitational. Skerys and Hannah Jungck finished the 5K in 24:02, while Tiger Britt led the boys with a 19:05 finish in the 5K.
The Southampton boys cross country team improved to 2-1 in League VII with a 26-33 win over Elwood/John Glenn at Sunken Meadow on September 24 on a 2.8-mile course. Sebastian Hunter-Cuyjet was second overall in 17:14, while Spencer Crough was fourth in 17:48 and Timmy Squires was fifth in 17:50. Ryan McCabe finished seventh in a personal-best time of 17:56. Johann Morales (18:31), Michael Nelson (18:33), Ricardo Chinno (19:05), Mike Minogue (19:47), and Ted Jennings (22:12) all had personal-best times.
The boys and girls teams traveled to the Suffolk Coaches Meet at Sunken Meadow on Saturday, and came away with good results. Hunter-Cuyjet was ninth out of 213 runners in the sophomore 5K race in 18:47. In the varsity race, Squires (19:32), Kyle Vella (19:49), Morales (20:43) and Nelson (22:21) had personal-best times in the varsity race.
For the girls, Valentina Cobler had a personal-best time of 31:04 in the varsity 5K race, while Lumei Abantangelo had a personal-best time in the same race as well in 22:53, and earned a medal by finishing in the top 30, taking 27th.