A shorthanded East Hampton boys track team lost, 76-60, at Westhampton Beach on Friday, dropping the Bonackers to 2-2 in League VI.
East Hampton was missing a few athletes for several reasons and it hurt the depth of the team, which has been vital in the team’s two victories this season. Westhampton Beach won the majority of the events, though there were a few first-place finishes for East Hampton.
Daniel Soto won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 10¼ inches. Will Ellis and Claudio Figuroa took first and third, respectively, in the 110-meter high hurdles. Ellis finished in 16.7 seconds while Figuroa finished in 19.3 seconds. Thomas Paradiso won the 1,600-meter race in a personal best 4:33.12, he won the 800-meter run in 2:10 and he helped the 4×100-meter relay team win in 47.81 seconds. Paradiso was joined by Soto, Alberto Gallegos and Robert Weiss on the relay team.
“Overall, our boys did extremely well, however, we simply just came up short,” East Hampton head coach Luis Morales said. “That being said, our boys are focused and ready for the next meet, and we look forward to a competitive and thrilling meet next week.”
The Bonackers travel back to Westhampton Beach this Saturday for an invitational, then, on Tuesday, April 28, they will host Sayville for a dual meet, which is expected to start at 4:30 p.m.
The East Hampton girls track team was on the losing end of what was its closest match of the season thus far, 76-74, at home to Westhampton Beach on Friday. The loss dropped the Lady Bonackers to 1-3 in League VI.
Rose O’Donoghue won the 100-meter hurdles in 19.7 seconds. Dana Cebulski, running in the 1,500-meter race for the first time this spring, won in 5:21.5. Liana Paradiso placed a close second in the same race in 5:24. Alyssa Bahel crossed the finish line first in the 3,000-meter race in 12:00.6. Again, Paradiso finished second in 12:02.5. Gabby McKay took first place in the long jump with a 15-foot-5-inch leap. Taliya Hayes won the discus with a throw of 91 feet 10 inches. Christine Malecki threw 81 feet 6 inches to place second. Merissah Gilbert won the pole vault with height of 6 feet 6 inches. East Hampton also won both the 4×100- and 4×800-meter relays. McKay, O’Donoghue, Cecilia Blowe and Tyra Stewart won the 4×1 in 54.3 seconds. Bahel, Paradiso, Aveen Hallissey and Hannah Jungck won the 4×8 in 11:03.2.
The East Hampton girls will travel with the boys to the Westhampton Beach Invitational this Saturday, then they will be at Sayville on Tuesday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m.
In what has become an annual tradition for the East Hampton boys and girls track programs, the two squads ran in the fifth annual Katy’s Courage 5K on Saturday morning.
Geo Espinoza placed fourth overall, first in his age group, in 17:36; Liam McGovern finished ninth overall in 18:42; Eamon Spencer finished tenth overall in 18:52; Coach Morales finished 11th overall in 18:59. Bahel was the first Lady Bonacker to cross the finish line, 27th overall, in 20:47.89; Liana Paradiso finished in 21:25.74; Devon Zinnel finished in 22:33.35; Hallissey finished in 22:57.41; and Jackie Espinoza finished in 24:19.45.
“We look forward to attending every year, as it is a great opportunity for us to show support for Mr. [Jim] Stewart and his family,” Coach Morales said.