East Hampton Boys Track Wins First Meet


The East Hampton boys track team pulled out its first victory of the season, 69-63, over Islip at home on Monday to even up its League VI dual meet record to 1-1.

The Bonackers led by a single point heading into the final three relays, thanks to a second-place finish by Eric Perez in the 3,200-meter race in 11:02. East Hampton went on to win both the 4×400- and 4×800-meter relays. Daniel Soto, Robert Weiss, Erik Engstrom and Thomas Paradiso won the 4×4, while Engstrom, Emilio “Geo” Espinoza, Jackson Rafferty and Liam McGovern won the 4×8. The times for both teams were not provided.

“From day one, our boys have displayed such a high level of tenacity, toughness and ability to never give up, that I truly believe the sky is the limit for them,” East Hampton head coach Luis Morales said.

Soto had a big day for East Hampton. Other than helping the 4×4 win, he won the 400-meter dash in a personal-best 54.5 seconds and placed third in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 7 inches. Will Ellis, Alberto Gallegos, Gabriel Junemann and Jack Reese helped sweep the high jump, but their results were not provided. Ellis also won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.8 seconds and took third place in the 400-meter hurdles in 71.6 seconds.

Engstrom won both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races. He finished the 1,600 in 4:51. Weiss placed second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He crossed the finish line in the 100 in a personal best 11.9 seconds and finished the 200 in 24.5 seconds. Paradiso won the 800-meter run in a personal best 2:02.

The Bonackers went to the Suffolk Officials Meet at Mount Sinai High School on Saturday. Engstrom placed fourth in the open 1,600-meter race, finishing in 4:28.65. Espinoza placed fifth in the freshman 1,600-meter race, crossing the finish line in a personal-best 5:03.88. Weiss advanced to the finals of the freshman 100-meter dash, where he took third place overall, in 12.37 seconds; he had finished fourth in the semifinals, in 12.74 seconds, to reach the finals.

Paradiso finished fifth overall in the open 400-meter dash. He finished in 52.74 seconds, which Morales said was exceptional due to how windy it was that day.

The Bonackers’ 4×400-meter relay team of Engstrom, Paradiso, Weiss and Soto finished ninth out of 30 teams, in a personal-best 3:39.98.

The boys will be at Westhampton Beach on Friday at 4 p.m. Both the boys and girls will be taking part in the Katy’s Courage 5K this Saturday morning.


The Lady Bonackers came close to taking down host Islip on Monday but suffered an 85-64 loss, their second League VI loss of the season. They still had commendable efforts from a number of athletes.

Devon Brown won the triple jump with a leap of 30 feet ¾ inch. Liana Paradiso won the 3,000-meter race in 12:06.8. Taliya Hayes won the shot put with a throw of 28 feet 11 inches and she also placed second in the discus with a throw of 82 feet 1 inch. Cecilia Blowe, Tyra Stewart, Allesia Williams and Gabby McKay won the 4×100-meter relay in 55.3 seconds, a personal best for that team. And the 4×800-meter relay team of Paradiso, Aveen Hallissey, Alyssa Bahel and Hannah Jungck won in 11:22, which was an improved time.

The Lady Bonackers also swept the 200-meter dash. Blowe won it in 28.3 seconds, followed by McKay, who finished in 28.7 seconds. Stewart crossed the finish line third in 29 seconds.

Over the break, the girls went to the Suffolk Coaches Meet at Sachem North High School on Saturday. The Lady Bonackers had a strong showing in the open long jump event. McKay finished ninth overall, with a leap of 15 feet 6 inches. Blowe was able to take a 15th-place finish after leaping 15 feet 2 inches and Brown finished 23rd, with a 14-foot-6½-inch jump. All three were personal bests.

Brown also finished 21st in the triple jump, with a leap of 29 feet 10½ inches.

Hayes’s throw of 29 feet 4¾ inches in the open shot put allowed her to finish 11th. Katerine Salto ran the 100-meter dash in a personal-best 17.94 seconds. Aspen Segelken finished the 1,500-meter race walk in a personal-best 9:10.34. Hallissey recorded a personal best in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:52.47.

The girls are scheduled to host Westhampton Beach on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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