Good Showings For Local Teams At Westhampton Beach Invitational

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The Westhampton Beach boys and girls cross country teams had solid showings at their host event—the Westhampton Beach Invitational—held last Thursday, October 9, at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays. The event was hosted for the first time at Red Creek Park; previously, the invitational was held at Indian Island County Park in Riverhead.

The Lady Hurricanes finished second in their varsity race with 65 points, just 14 points ahead of first place Mattituck. Jenny Jordan finished the 5K race in 21:09 to take fourth overall out of 91 runners. Kaitlyn Brierton placed seventh in 21:50 while Reilly Gwinn was the next Lady Cane in at 23:23, which placed her 16th.

The Lady Hurricanes also won their dual meet, 27-36, over Rocky Point at Sunken Meadow Park in Kings Park on October 7 to improve to 4-0 in League V action. Jordan placed second in the race in 20:45, with Brierton coming in a minute later and in fourth place. Gwinn placed sixth in 22:23.

The boys finished third overall in their varsity race of the Westhampton Beach Invitational thanks to Jack Ryan finishing second out of 107 runners, crossing the finish line in 17:47. Riverhead won the meet with 47 points, a full 30 points ahead of the Hurricanes.

Alex Patricolo finished eighth in 18:31, Khai Henderson placed 16th overall in 19:49 and Roger Llivasaca crossed the finish line in 19:53, which was good enough for 19th place.

The Hurricanes (3-1 League VI) also won their dual meet last week, 27-28, over Elwood/John Glenn at Sunken Meadow on October 7. Times and placements were not provided.

Hampton Bays

The Hampton Bays boys cross country team finished second at the Westhampton Beach Invitational, just one point (76) ahead of the host Hurricanes (77). Nick Berglin finished third overall in 17:48, Christian Berglin placed 10th overall in 18:45 and Chris Downs earned himself an 18th-place finish in 19:53.

Nick Berglin finished eighth overall out of 55 runners in the Varsity ‘B’ race at the Suffolk Officials Meet on Saturday at Sunken Meadow. He crossed the finish line in 17:43. Christian Berglin finished 14th in 18:26.

The Baymen (2-2 League VII) lost their dual meet, 23-32, to Southampton at Red Creek on October 7. Times and placements were not provided.

The Hampton Bays girls cross country team, meanwhile, did not fare as well as their male counterparts at the Westhampton Beach Invitational. The Lady Baymen finished last out of the eight teams at the meet, though they were without their top runner, Cameron Heaney, who suffered an injury earlier in the week.

Taylor Dunn was the first Hampton Bays runner to cross the finish line in a personal best time of 25:40, which placed her 34th overall.

Chloe Haynes led Hampton Bays at the Suffolk Officials Meet on Saturday. She finished in 26:44, good enough for 30th place.

And Christina Pasca was the first Lady Baymen to finish in the 15-40 loss to Southampton at Red Creek on October 7. She completed the race in 26:35.

ESM

The ESM boys cross country team won its double dual meet over Kings Park and Rocky Point on October 7 at Sunken Meadow. The Sharks defeated Kings Park, 23-33, before besting Rock Point, 21-40.

The victories improved ESM to 4-1 overall and the Sharks still need undefeated Harborfields to lose a meet to earn a share of the League V title.

Dom DeAngelis and Ryan Corbett finished the race in first place with both crossing in 16:54. It was personal bests for both runners. Joe Vultaggio finished fifth in 17:33.

ESM also went to the Suffolk Officials race on Saturday, which head coach Mike Doyle said had a poor turnout due to the rain and because the SATs were being administered across the county that day. Brandon Turbush wound up taking the top spot for the Sharks at 17:58, which placed him ninth overall. DeAngelis had to compete in the junior varsity race because he got there late from taking his SAT, and he won the race in 18:00.

The ESM girls cross country team improved to 4-0 in League IV after its 26-29 victory over Hauppauge at Sunken Meadow on October 7. The win was the 10th in a row for the Lady Sharks dating back to last season when it finished 6-0 en route to winning the League V title. The Lady Sharks are 17-1 since 2012, according to head coach Brian Methven.

Taylor McClay placed second in last week’s race in 19:20 while Ashley Schafer finished with a personal best time of 19:50, which was good enough for third place. Dallas Cooley finished fifth in 20:59 and Jordyn Biskup took sixth in 21:10.

Methven said he was pleased with how Cooley and Biskup, both freshmen, ran while noting that Nicole Navan, usually the team’s third runner, is out with an injury.

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