Two weeks ago, the Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team had its best showing in four years at the League IV Championships. That upward trend continued Friday at the Small School Championships held at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.
The Lady Hurricanes tied for third place with Comsewogue, making it the best performance for a Westhampton Beach squad since 2006, when it placed second, according to head coach John Broich. Westhampton Beach and Comsewogue finished with 49 points each. Miller Place took second with 57 points while Bayport/Blue Point won the Small Schools title with 62 points.
“It’s been a while since we finished that high,” Broich said. “To win an event like that you have to be running on all cylinders. We were at about 90 percent, but you can’t be upset with our girls’ performances.”
Broich noted that Alexa Smith was the highlight of the meet. She finished third in the long jump by leaping 16 feet 2 ½ inches, which is nearly a foot better than her previous best. Smith wasn’t even seeded in the top seven, meaning she wasn’t expected to place.
Lauren Lorefice placed in both the 55- and 300-meter dashes. She finished the 55 in third place in 7.8 seconds, and took second in the 300 in 43.13 seconds. Jenny Jordan placed sixth in the 3,000-meter race in 11:15.38.
Sabrina Mason shaved 11 seconds off her personal best time to win the 1,500-meter race walk in 7:09.5. Keira Kelly placed third in the high jump by reaching 4 feet 11 inches. Smith placed fifth with a height of 4 feet 10 inches.
And the 4×400-meter relay team won in 4:15.88. Lorefice, Jenny Jordan, Grace Gilbakian and Nora Murphy made up the winning quartet. Hauppauge, which placed second, finished three seconds behind the Lady Canes.
“They’ve been the top team all season, so they had a target on their backs,” Broich said of his 4×4 team. “They responded well. They’re a special group of girls and have been doing a very good job.”
Broich thinks that he will have a good group of girls with him at the Section XI Championships, otherwise known as the State Qualifier, on Friday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. The seeding meeting was Wednesday, though, so Broich didn’t have definitive answers on who would be at that meet.
The Hurricanes did not fair as well as their female counterparts at their Small Schools Championships, held Saturday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, but they did score a few points. They tied Islip for 14th place out of 22 teams with eight points.
Graham Brown took home silver in the 1,000-meter race, finishing in a personal best 2:39.
“It was the best I’ve ever seen him run,” Westhampton Beach head coach Jim Ford said, later adding that Brown’s time should qualify him to the State Qualifier this weekend.
Kyle Terry leaped 5 feet 6 inches in the high jump, a personal best, but missed placing and scoring by two inches.
The Eastport South Manor boys indoor track team didn’t fare as well as it would have liked at the Small Schools Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Friday, but was still able to tie Amityville for sixth place out of 22 teams. The Sharks and Amityville scored 24 points each. Port Jefferson won the Small Schools title with 73 points.
“Our goal was to be in the top four and that’s probably where we should have been,” ESM head coach Brian Methven said. “But considering everything, we didn’t do too bad.”
Luke Lafferty became the Small Schools Champion in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 6 ¼ inches, resetting his school record by 3 ¾ inches. He beat out Port Jeff’s Cihad Akkaya by two inches.
While his performance doesn’t necessarily guarantee him a spot at the state meet in a few weeks, Lafferty has a good shot at getting up there, according to Methven.
“He’s only a sophomore, so it’s very impressive,” he said. “He’s the number two high jumper in the state among sophomores.”
Tom Meehan placed sixth in the 1,600-meter race in 4:39.80, 20 seconds slower than his seeded time, but Meehan was battling the stomach flu all day and eventually had to leave the meet. That meant the 4×800-meter relay was without one of its runners.
Sean Brogan stepped in for Meehan and the team wound up placing fourth in 8:54.39. Jacob Black, Dom DeAngelis and Ryan Corbett made up the rest of the team.
“It was impressive for them to take fourth without Tommy,” Methven said. “Sean hasn’t raced in weeks, and for him to fill in for Tom, I could only imagine what was going through his head.”
The 4×400-meter relay team of Pat Kenneally, Aleks Cusumano, and Matt and Luke Lafferty placed second in 3:43.25. Matt Lafferty placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.5 seconds. John D’Amaro just missed placing in the shot put, but did improve his personal best with a throw of 44 feet 8 ¾ inches.
The Lady Sharks placed 10th out of 23 teams at their Small Schools Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Friday. ESM scored 17 points, which, according to head coach James Lever, is the second highest in program history. Bayport/Blue Point won the meet with 62 points.
ESM’s Taylor McClay finished third in the 1,500-meter race in 4:56.99, which wound up being the highest individual placement on the team. Ashley Schafer just missed placing, finishing seventh in 5:12.17.
Kaeli Huff placed fifth in the 300-meter dash in 45.9 seconds. Michela Brummerloh placed sixth in the high jump by reaching a height of 4 feet 10 inches.
The 4×800-meter relay team of McClay, Shafer, Nicole Navan and Kelsey Huff placed third in 10:17.33. The 4×200-meter relay team of Kaeli Huff, Brittney Gross, Kelly Gomez and Lisa Marone placed fifth in 1:57.98.