It’s been a banner season for the 4-0 East Hampton boys cross country team, with plenty of milestones and highlights.
A 25-30 League VI win over Miller Place on October 1 set up the potential for another big moment: If the Bonackers managed to win their final league dual meet of the season—scheduled for this past Tuesday, October 8, at Cedar Point Park, against unbeaten Shoreham/Wading River—they would take home the league title. Results from that meet will be in next week’s edition.
On Monday, East Hampton head coach Kevin Barry admitted that a win over Shoreham would be considered an upset, as the team has not lost a league dual meet in a decade. But being in a position to knock the Wildcats off that perch in the first place is an accomplishment in itself. The win over Miller Place was East Hampton’s first over that team in a dual meet in seven years.
Erik Engstrom led the Bonackers on the 2.8-mile course at Sunken Meadow, finishing second overall, in 16:07, but, according to Barry, the “real hero” of the day was Sean Moucha. He finished sixth, in 17:08, but dropped his previous best time by a full 1:41. Tyler Shaw had a nice run as well, beating his previous personal-best time by a minute and a half, finishing in 19:48.
After their win over Miller Place, the Bonackers traveled to Firemen’s Field in Ridge on Saturday for the Tom Knipfing Memorial Invitational. East Hampton finished second as a team out of 13 schools in the 5K race, which Engstrom won, in 16:53. Shoreham was the winning team. Jack Link was eighth, in 17:23; Adam Cebulski was 12th, in 18:04; and Thomas Brierley had his best race of the year, finishing 22nd, in 18:36.
The East Hampton girls cross country team (0-3 in League VI) suffered a tough 28-30 loss to Mount Sinai at Sunken Meadow on October 1. Dana Cebulski was first overall, followed by Liana Paradiso. Jackie Messemer finished third for the team, while Devon Brown and Merissah Gilbert rounded out the top five for East Hampton. Individual times were not available.
The Lady Bonackers participated in the same invitational as the boys on Saturday, and had good results. Paradiso was second overall in the 1.7-mile freshman race, in 10:54, while Cebulski was fourth in the varsity ‘B’ race 5K race, in 20:42. East Hampton was fourth as a team in the race out of nine squads, narrowly missing out on finishing third by just one point.
Both the Mariner boys and girls cross country teams earned League VI dual meets wins over their rival, Hampton Bays, at Red Creek Park on October 1. The girls prevailed, 25-30, to get their first win of the season (1-2), while the boys won, 24-37, to improve to 3-1.
In the girls race, Lady Mariner LuMei Abatangelo was first in 23:53 on the 5K course, while teammate Hannah Connolly-Sporing took second, in 24:05, a personal best. According to head coach Eddie Arnold, the finishes of Patti Sanchez, Annie Connolly-Sporing and Felicitia Reyes Ochoa were key in getting enough points to take the match. They finished sixth, seventh and ninth with times of 27:15, 27:26 and 28:50, respectively. Those times were personal bests for Sanchez and Connolly-Sporing. Kendall Mangano also had a personal-best time of 29:06.
Sebastian Hunter-Cuyjet led the Mariner boys, finishing second overall with a personal-best time of 19:14. Once again, Southampton used its depth to win, taking the fourth through eighth spots. Spencer Crough (19:41), Charlie Bedard (19:45), Timmy Squires (19:59, a personal best), Ryan McCabe (20:06), and Kyle Vella (20:12, a personal best) finished in order in those spots. Mike Nelson (20:23), Johann Morales (20:27) and Mike Minogue (22:05) also had personal-best times.
Both squads traveled to the St. Anthony’s Invitational on Saturday, and Arnold said he was pleased with the results. Hunter-Cuyjet had a personal-best time of 18:22 in the 5K sophomore race, taking second, while Minogue had his best time in the same race, 21:55. In the JV race, Crough (19:26), Vella (19:37), Bedard (19:49) and McCabe (19:40) all had personal-best times.
Abatangelo led the girls again, taking fifth in the JV 5K with a personal-best 22:48. Hannah Connolly-Sporing was 10th in the same race, posting a personal-best time of 23:28. In the sophomore race, Annie Connolly-Sporing had a personal-best time of 26:53, while Valentina Cobler had a personal-best time of 31:20 in the same race.
The Pierson boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Sunken Meadow for a League VIII tri-meet on October 1. The Lady Whalers beat Port Jeff, 20-35, and lost, 25-30, to Mercy, moving them to 2-2 on the year.
Elena Skerys led the Lady Whalers with a time of 22:42 on the 2.8-mile course, while Maya Buckner and Hannah Jungck both finished in 23:18. The boys lost to both teams and were led by Tiger Britt and Max Yardley, falling to 1-3. Their times were not available.