Westhampton Beach 4×4 Sets New School Record, Then Wins At Yale


The Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team put together another week of strong performances.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Nora Murphy, Jenny Jordan, Grace Gilbakian and Lauren Lorefice broke the school record at the Millrose Games Trials on January 15 at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York City. They finished in 4:08, shattering the previous record of 4:15. The girls finished seventh among fellow Long Island schools and qualified for the 80th annual Eastern States Indoor Track & Field Championships, which take place on Monday, February 24, back at The Armory.

Then the same team placed first in 4:12 at the Yale Track Classic, in a race that started at 10 p.m. Friday night. It marked the first time in the 15 years the Lady Hurricanes have been going to Yale that they have won an event there, according to head coach John Broich.

“That’s really a benchmark for our program,” he said. “We haven’t won anything in the 15 years that we’ve been going to Yale.

“The 4×4, they’re a legitimate team that could possibly make it upstate this season,” Broich added.

The 4×200-meter relay team of Alexis Smith, Morgan Ford, Serena Choi and Lorefice placed fifth in 1:53 at Yale.

After two competitive invitationals, the Lady Hurricanes went to the Jim Howard Meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Sunday. The meet splits the athletes up by large and small schools. Westhampton Beach is considered a small school.

Lorefice medaled in three separate events. She won the 300-meter dash in 42.8 seconds and placed third in both the 55-meter dash and long jump. Lorefice finished in 7.6 seconds in the 55 and leaped 15 feet 9 inches in the long jump.

Lucy DiBenedetto placed second in the shot put with a throw of 28 feet 7 inches. Sabrina Mason placed second in the 1,500-meter racewalk in 7:22 while Ellen Griffen placed fifth in 8:09. Jordan finished third in the 1,000-meter race in 3:16.

Westhampton Beach Boys

The Hurricanes finished up their crossover/invitational season this past week, with the Yale Track Classic on January 15 and the Section XI Last Chance Meet on Sunday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Many Hurricanes put in good performances at the Last Chance Meet, which is run like the girls’ Jim Howard Meet, where the athletes are split into large and small schools. Westhampton Beach is considered a small school.

Graham Brown finished second in the 1,000-meter race in 2:44.08. The 4×400-meter relay team of Brown, Mike Gattuso, Roger Llivasaca and Chase Goulding placed third in 3:47. Khai Henderson ran a personal best in the 300-meter dash in 39.84 seconds. Jimmy Jordan finished the 1,600-meter race in a personal best 5:00.02 and Llivasaca finished the 600-meter run in 1:34.96, a personal best.

At Yale, the 4×400-meter relay team of Brown, Gattuso, Henderson and Goulding placed fifth in a season’s best 3:41.35. The 4×200-meter relay team of Henderson, Gattuso, R.J. Holman and Eric Silverman ran a season’s best 1:39.97.

Hampton Bays Girls

The Lady Baymen competed against fellow small schools at the Jim Howard Meet on Sunday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Drew Zaweski placed 15th in the 55-meter hurdles in a personal best 10.35 seconds. Cameron Heaney competed in the triple jump for the first time and leaped 26 feet 1½ inches, a season’s best for Hampton Bays this season.

Many freshmen Lady Baymen had personal bests. Rachel Smith finished the 300-meter dash in 58 seconds while Kylie Springer finished in 60 seconds. Julia Tetrault ran to a 10.6-second finish in the 55-meter dash. Vanessa Farrell threw the shot put 19 feet 6 inches while Courtney Fava threw 14 feet 8 inches.

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