Nina Piacentine Sets New School Record In Race Walk


The East Hampton girls indoor track team had a busy week with two invitationals. After the Zeitler Relays on Thursday, January 9, the Lady Bonackers competed at the Art Mitchell Meet on Saturday. Both meets were contested at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Two weeks ago, Nina Piacentine just missed out on setting the school record in the 1,500-meter racewalk. Last week she was able to achieve her goal at the Art Mitchell Meet. Piacentine set the new record at 8:56.95, beating Lexy VanBinsbergen’s record of 8:57.2 from 1998, and it placed her seventh in the sophomore race.

Also at the Art Mitchell Meet, Dana Cebulski placed third in the open 1,000-meter race in 3:08.36. Allura Leggard place fifth in the freshmen 55-meter dash in 8.15 seconds. Alyssa Bahel finished eighth in the open 3,000-meter race in 11:47.17. Devon Brown finished seventh in the sophomore 3,000-meter race in a season’s best 12:18.92. Katie Mendoza placed ninth in the sophomore triple jump with leap of 27 feet 2 ½ inches.

Almost every event at the Zeitler Relays is contested as a relay within each school’s league. East Hampton competes in League IV. Hannah Jungck, Bahel, Brown and Cebulski won the 4×800-meter relay in a personal best 10:28.15. The 4×200-meter relay team of Gabbie McKay, Ana Toledo, Mendoza and Leggard placed sixth in 2:03.81.

Annie Schuppe and Christine Malecki placed second in the shot put relay with a combined throw of 51 feet 3 ¾ inches. Malecki threw 25 feet 8 ¾ inches, while Schuppe threw 25 feet 7 inches.

Elena Skerys, Jungck, Brown and Bahel ran the distance medley relay, which is comprised of a 1,200-, 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter runs. They finished third in 14:52.19. The sprint medley relay team (400-200-200-400) of Leggard, Rose finished in 5:13.15, which placed them eighth.


The Bonacker indoor track team had a crossover meet on Sunday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood and many athletes finished with personal bests.

Will Ellis won the 55-meter high hurdles in a personal best 8.76 seconds. Adam Cebulski finished second in the 3,200-meter race in a personal best 10:28. Jack Link placed third in the 1,000-meter race in a season’s best 2:52.

East Hampton capped the night in the 4×200-meter relay. Addison Cook, Elijah Robinson, Paul King III and Daniel Soto finished third in a season’s best 1:45.

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