The East Hampton girls indoor track team had one of its best meets of the winter on Sunday, much to the delight of head coach Yani Cuesta since it was their first competition after the long holiday break.
At Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, Nina Piacentine placed second in the 1,500-meter race walk in 8:59.12, which is just a few seconds shy of Lexy VanBinsbergen’s indoor track school record of 8:57.2, set in 1998.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Devon Brown, Hannah Jungck, Wylee Musnicki and Dana Cebulski placed second in 11:03.23. The 4×200-meter relay team of Gabbie McKay, Ana Toledo, Katie Mendoza and Allura Leggard was unable to place but finished in a respectable 2:06.83.
“I’m excited about both of the relays, as the times are not far off the best performances this season,” Cuesta said. “The beauty is that neither one of the relay teams was the original fastest group in each. We had to make quite a few adjustments to both teams, as we had girls sick and unable to participate. This means we’ll have more athletes available to cover the teams without sacrificing performance.”
Many Lady Bonackers did not place in the top 10 of their events, though they did record personal bests. Leggard finished the 300-meter dash in 46.97 seconds. Jungck competed in the 600-meter run for the first time and finished in 1:56.66. Christine Malecki threw the shot put 26 feet 4 ¾ inches.
“Many of the girls did an excellent job at improving their performances, especially at the end of a long holiday break,” Cuesta said. “This week should be a busy one as we have two more meets this week—the Zeitler Relays on Thursday and the Art Mitchell Invitational on Saturday.”
The Bonackers last meet was back on December 22, also at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.
Erik Engstrom placed fourth in a season’s best time of 4:46 in the 1,600-meter race. Elijah Robinson leaped 17 feet 1 ½ inches in the long jump. According to head coach Luis Morales, Robinson actually could have hit 18 feet or perhaps broken 19 feet if he had not started his jump too soon.
Morales said his team is entering “crunch time” in terms of its schedule and he’s expecting his athletes to continue to work hard until the League Championships, which are slated for Saturday, January 25, also at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.