ESM, Hampton Bays Girls Indoor Track Teams Compete At Meets


The Eastport South Manor girls indoor track team had a busy yet successful week.

After competing at their third meet of the season at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Thursday, December 19, the Lady Sharks competed at the Bishop Loughlin Games at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in New York City on Saturday.

ESM ran a number of relays at Bishop Loughlin, including sprint medley relays, which include 400-, 200-, 200- and 800-meter races ran consecutively. The freshman SMR team of Kelsey Huff, Keara Brown, Emily Masera and Taylor McClay won with a time of 4:30, nine seconds ahead of the competition. ESM head coach James Lever said they had the lead the entire race.

Ashlyn Dalton, Kelly Gomez, Kaitlyn Mauer and Nicole Navan made up the sophomore SMR team, and they won their heat and medaled by placing fifth overall in 4:40. The 4×200-meter relay team of Kaitlyn Gross, Kaeli Huff, Mauer and Gomez finished in 1:58.63, just a few ticks shy of the 1:56 school record.

“It was a long day but a great introductory to the armory for the season,” Lever said of the Bishop Loughlin Games. “We go back to the armory shortly for a relay meet. We’re excited to bring these girls back and try out some individual events.”

At the crossover in Brentwood last week, McClay won the 1,000-meter race in 3:10, finishing nine seconds ahead of the field. Gomez finished second in the 55-meter dash, in 7.95 seconds. Kaeli Huff ran the 55 for the first time and finished in 8.19 seconds, placing in ninth place. Cassie Rivera and Olivia Mannix both had personal bests in the triple jump. Rivera jumped 25 feet 5 inches, while Mannix leaped 24 feet 3¾ inches.

Hampton Bays Girls

The Lady Baymen had some top performances at their third meet of the season on Thursday, December 19, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Drew Zaweski placed second in the 55-meter hurdles with a season’s-best time of 10.41 seconds. Cameron Heaney ran to a season’s-best 1:56.43 in the 600-meter run. Rachel Smith tied a personal best in the 300-meter dash in 61 seconds, and Christina Pasca also tied a personal best in the high jump by reaching 4 feet.

In the final race of the evening, the 4×200-meter relay, Drew and Laura Zaweski, Heaney and Bianca Sanchez finished in 2:10, a personal best by seven seconds, according to head coach Kevin O’Toole.

ESM and Westhampton Beach boys indoor track teams had crossovers that occurred too late to appear in this week’s edition of The Press. Results from those meets will be in the first edition of the new year.

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