The East Hampton girls indoor track team finished in the middle of the pack at the Small Schools Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Friday. The Lady Bonackers accrued six points, placing them 15th out of 23 teams.
Bayport/Blue Point won the Small Schools title with 62 points, five points ahead of Miller Place. Comsewogue and Westhampton Beach tied for third with 49 points each.
Dana Cebulski had the highest placement for East Hampton and most likely has the best chance at appearing at the Section XI Championships, otherwise known as the State Qualifier, on Saturday back at the same campus in Brentwood. She placed fourth in the 1,000-meter race in 3:09.33, which scored the majority of East Hampton’s points (four). Cebulski also placed sixth in the 1,500-meter race, finishing in a personal best 5:07.97.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Cebulski, Gabbie McKay, Sadie Ward and Allura Leggard registered the Lady Bonackers’ other point by placing sixth. They finished in a personal best 1:58.15. Alyssa Bahel just missed out on scoring for East Hampton. She finished the 3,000-meter race in a personal best 11:26.63, which placed her seventh, a spot out of a scoring placement.
Nina Piacentine continued to shed time from her school record in the 1,500-meter racewalk. She finished in 8:31.55. Annie Schuppe threw a personal best in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet 9 ½ inches.
The East Hampton boys indoor track team did not send any athletes to last season’s Small Schools Championships, so the fact that seven attended this season’s meet was a feat in and of itself. On Saturday, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, the Bonackers weren’t able to score a point, but it was still a step in the right direction, according to head coach Luis Morales.
“They put on a great performance,” he said. “Coach [Bill] Herzog and I are very proud to have had the pleasure of coaching our athletes and also helping them reach their full potentials both on and off the track.”
Jack Link, who was seeded 15th coming into the race, placed 10th in the 1,000-meter race in a personal best 2:48, shattering his previous time by four seconds. Adam Cebulski placed 10th in the 3,200-meter race in 10:29.97.
The 4×200-meter relay team of Link, Daniel Soto, Addison Cook and Maykell Guzman was seeded 19th, but was able to move up six spots and finished 13th in a personal best 1:44.
“Throughout the week we placed a great emphasis on perfecting our handoffs,and it payed off,” Morales said, “helping our guys move up in the rankings.”