The Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team appears to be in mid-season form, based off results from the season-opening crossover meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Sunday.
Four different Lady Hurricanes won their respective events, and the always formidable 4×400-meter relay team—which placed third at states last season—won as well, even though it has a slightly different look this season. Seniors Grace Gilbakian and Nora Murphy and junior Jenny Jordan are all back on the 4×4 but Lauren Lorefice has since graduated, leaving an open spot. Sophomore Kayla Berman is taking over for Lorefice and the team hasn’t really missed a step, winning Sunday’s race in 4:17.
Jenny Jordan also won the 1,000-meter race in 3:09, junior Kelsey Jordan won the 1,500-meter race walk in 3:42, and junior Sarena Choi won the triple jump with a 34-foot-3-inch leap and also placed fourth in the 55-meter dash in 7.8 seconds. Keira Kelly looks ready to vie for county and state titles this winter. She won the high jump at 5 feet; she reached 5 feet 5 inches at her final official event at USA Track and Field’s Hershey National Youth Indoor Championships last winter, and she placed fourth at states with a 5-foot-4-inch jump.
Murphy settled for a second-place finish in the 300-meter dash in 44.03 seconds and Gilbakian placed third in the 600-meter run in 1:44. Berman placed fifth in the same race in 1:46.
The next two crossovers for the girls are scheduled for this Saturday, December 12, and Wednesday, December 16, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.
Hampton Bays girls indoor track head coach Kevin O’Toole was pleased with how his athletes began the season on Sunday, with many of them placing in the top 10 of their events.
Alex Macholz, a junior, placed seventh in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 6 inches. Sophomore Colette Levine finished eighth in the shot put with a mark of 26 feet 1 inch. Freshman Rachel Reycroft placed ninth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet 3½ inches. Reycroft was also a part of the 4×200-meter relay team that placed ninth in 2:05.91. Macholz, Nicole Akten and Marley Montague made up the rest of the team.
Coming off a strong cross country season, junior Chloe Haynes finished her first 1,000-meter race in 3:47. Haynes, Christine Coulton, Hailey Troyan and Cameron Heaney completed the 4×800-meter race in 11:30.46.
“It was a strong start and many of the freshmen had an exceptional first outing of the season,” he said. “I’m looking forward to watching them progress over the next few weeks and seeing what they can do.”