The Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team was short-handed on Saturday due to ACT tests but the athletes that were in attendance at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood fared well.
Keira Kelly, a senior, won the high jump for the second meet in a row, reaching 5 feet 3 inches, 3 inches better than her win last week. Smithtown East senior Jessica Martin finished an inch behind Kelly. Kelsey Jordan, a junior, won the 1,500-meter racewalk again, finishing in 7:23.33, 12 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Senior Grace Gilbakian placed fourth in the 300-meter dash in 44.7 seconds, with sophomore Kayla Berman finishing right behind her in 45.27 seconds. Gilbakian and Berman were one half of the 4×200-meter relay team, with Bella Recchion and Samantha Holman, that placed fourth in 1:56.26.
Junior Emily Wichard placed eighth in the 3,000-meter race in 12:20.25. Recchion tied for ninth place—with West Babylon senior Myaysa Evans—in the 55-meter dash in 8.01 seconds.
The girls had a meet on Wednesday and will also have a meet this Friday, December 18. All crossover meets are at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.
With Jim Ford on sick leave for the winter, Cody Hoyt has taken over as head coach of the boys indoor track team, which had two meets last week, the first on December 9, the second on Sunday.
Jack Ryan, a junior, placed second in the 1,600-meter race on December 9 in 4:39.40, about three seconds behind winner Luke Coulter, a senior from Riverhead. Ryan also placed fourth in the 1,000-meter race in 2:47.31. Mynor Martinez, a senior, finished third in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.6 seconds; senior Khai Henderson finished fifth in 300-meter dash in 38.74 seconds; and the 4×200-meter relay team of Henderson, Peter Sullivan, Nery Luna and Dan Qua finished fourth out of 18 teams in 1:41.92.
At the latest meet on Sunday, Ryan once again finished second in the 1,600, this time in 4:36.04. He was a second behind Miller Place junior Brendan Murphy. Henderson finished the 300 in 37.9 seconds, good enough for a fourth-place finish, and Martinez finished fifth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.71 seconds. Martinez, Henderson, Qua and Chris Razzano ran the 4×200 and placed fourth in 1:41.90.
The boys have their next meet on Saturday, December 19, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.
The Hampton Bays girls indoor track team was led by its throwers on Saturday. Sophomore Colette Levine placed third in the shot put with a mark of 30 feet 10 inches. Isabella Romano, another sophomore, reached 24 feet 5½ inches, which only placed her 15th, but both she and Levine reached the Suffolk County Best of Season list with their strong performances.
Junior Chloe Haynes tied for fourth in the high jump with a height of 4 feet 3 inches, and she also finished 12th in the 1,000-meter race in 3:47. Rachel Smith, another junior, finished 17th in the 1,000-meter race in a personal best time of 3:51. Senior Cameron Heaney placed 12th in the 600-meter race in 1:56 and freshman Rachel Reycroft finished 11th in the long jump with a leap of 13 feet 11 inches. Reycroft was also part of the 4×200-meter relay team that finished 10th in 2:04.93. Junior Alex Macholz, freshman Marley Montague and freshman Nicole Akten made up the rest of the team. Haynes, Heaney, freshman Hailey Troyan and freshman Christina Coulton placed sixth in the 4×800-meter relay in 11:26.
The girls had a meet on Wednesday and will also have a meet this Friday, December 18.