Sharks Dominate League IV Indoor Track Championships; Break Multiple School Records

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The Eastport South Manor boys indoor track team went all out during Saturday’s League IV Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, breaking multiple school records before taking home its first ever league title in program history.

The Sharks scored a total of 91 points, finishing 27.5 points ahead of second place Amityville. Kings Park placed third with 63 overall points.

It wasn’t exactly a shock to ESM head coach Brian Methven that his team won, though he was amazed by how well it did overall. The Sharks won four separate events and shattered six indoor school records.

It’s also the first league title for any boys track team, spring or winter, at ESM.

“We knew going in that we had a shot to win, and we talked about if we wanted to win we’d have to run what we’re capable of running,” Methven said. “Honestly, they wound up exceeding all expectations.

“I’ve been coaching track for a while now and this is the best team effort by any of our teams,” he continued. “The fact that they broke so many records … they certainly rose to the occasion.”

The team’s top runner, Tom Meehan, took first place in both of his events. He won the 1,000-meter race in 2:42 and the 1,600-meter race in 4:34, beating out Islip’s Mike Watts by just over a second in the latter event. Meehan then anchored the winning 4×800-meter relay team, which finished in 8:51. He was joined by Ryan Corbett, Domenic DeAngelis and Jacob Black.

Luke Lafferty won his event and set a new school record in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 2 ½ inches. The previous record was set two years ago by Adam Malone at 21 feet ½ inch. Lafferty was also a part of the 4×400-meter relay team that took top honors, crossing the tape in 3:45. He was joined by his brother, Matt Lafferty, and Patrick Kenneally and Aleks Cusumano.

Jaggar Chaisty set a new school record in the 55-meter dash, finishing in 6.92 seconds and besting the previous school record of 7.03 seconds set two years ago by Adam Malone. Chaisty placed fourth overall. John D’Amaro reset his school record in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet 6 inches, good enough for fourth place. His previous best was 42 feet 9 inches set earlier this season.

Matt Lafferty broke the school record in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.52 seconds in the semifinals. The previous record of 8.84 seconds was set three years ago by Brett Kearns.

Jacob Black finished the 600-meter run in 1:30.47, besting his previous school record set earlier this season by three-tenths of seconds. He finished in third place. The 4×200-meter relay team also set a new school record in 1:39.66, although Methven did not know the previous record. Chaisty, Tom Buckley, Tyler Weiss and Jake Hobbie made up the team, which finished third.

ESM Girls

The ESM girls indoor track team placed fourth at its League IV Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Sunday. The Lady Sharks scored 51 total points, the second most they’ve ever scored at a league meet. Kings Park won the meet with 101 points, while Westhampton Beach placed second with 96 points. Harborfields took third with 77 points.

Lady Sharks Ashley Schafer, Ashlyn Dalton, Nicole Navan and Kelsey Huff won the 4×800-meter relay. Taylor McClay placed second in both the 3,000-meter and 600-meter races. Navan took third in the 1,000-meter race while the 4×200- and 4×400-meter relay teams both placed third. Brittney Gross, Keara Brown, Kelly Gomez and Kaeli Huff made up the 4×200 team, while McClay, Brittany Castoro, Lisa Marone and Kate Happe ran on the 4×400 squad.

Gomez placed fourth in the 55-meter dash while Brown placed sixth. Schafer finished fifth in the 1,500-meter race. Times were not provided.

“We have a very young team and are only losing four seniors next year,” ESM head coach James Lever said. “All of our individual point scorers are coming back next year and we look forward to battling the top teams again next year for the title.”

Westhampton Beach Girls

The Lady Hurricanes had one of their best showings in recent memory at the League IV Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Sunday. They finished second with 96 points, just five points behind first place Kings Park. Harborfields placed third with 77 points.

Westhampton Beach head coach John Broich said his team last placed second at a league meet four years ago. He said he predicted 100 points would win the meet, and his team was not too far off that mark.

“The kids that I expected to win won, so we did very well,” Broich said.

Westhampton Beach and Kings Park were neck and neck for most of Sunday’s meet. Going into the final events, the Lady Canes held a slim two-point lead over the Lady Kingsmen, but Kings Park won the long jump. After the Lady Canes took top honors in the 4×400-meter relay, Kings Park came right back and won the 4×200-meter relay, then took first and fourth place in the 1,500-meter race walk, which gave them a somewhat comfortable lead and eventual victory.

The 4×400 team took first place in 4:20, and the race was run by Grace Gilbakian, Lauren Lorefice, Jenny Jordan and Nora Murphy. Sabrina Mason placed second in the 1,500-meter race walk in 7:29, while Ellen Griffin finished right behind her in 8:01.42. Lorefice won both the 55-meter and 300-meter dashes. She finished the first event in 7.67 seconds and the second in 43.3 seconds. Murphy placed third in the 300-meter dash, crossing the tape in 45.36 seconds.

Kiera Kelly won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet while teammate Alexis Smith hit 4 feet 8 inches, which was good enough for fifth. Smith also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 2 inches. Lucy DiBenedetto won the shot put with a throw of 30 feet ¼ inch.

Jordan took second in the 1,500-meter race in 5:13 and placed fourth in the 3,000-meter in 11:12. Gilbakian crossed the tape in the 600-meter run in 1:46.39, which placed her fifth. Bella Recchion finished fifth in the 55-meter dash, crossing the tape in 7.92 seconds, and was also part of the 4×200-meter relay team that took fourth in 2:29. Smith, Serena Choi and Morgan Ford joined her on the team.

Westhampton Beach Boys

The Hurricanes placed seventh out of 10 teams at the League IV Championships on Saturday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, which is right about where head coach Jim Ford thought his team would finish. They finished with 28 points, 63 points behind first place Eastport South Manor.

Graham Brown finished second in the 1,000-meter race in 2:45.53, three seconds behind ESM’s Tom Meehan. The 4×400-meter relay team of Brown, Mike Gattuso, Khai Henderson and Chase Goulding placed second in 3:47.88. Alex Patricolo ran a personal best 10:23.70 in the 3,200-meter race, which was good enough for fourth.

“We did okay, but I’m looking for improvement next week at the county championship,” Ford said.

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