East Hampton junior Dana Cebulski was the only Lady Bonacker in attendance at the Section XI Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday. She competed in both the 1,000- and 1,500-meter races, but head coach Yani Cuesta admitted it wasn’t the best day for Cebulski.
Cebulski finished seventh in the 1,000-meter race in 3:11.45 and finished last in the 1,500 in 5:16.25. Both times were considerably slower than her seeded times.
Cuesta wasn’t exactly sure why Cebulski ran more slowly than usual. She did note that being stuck inside the past few weeks was a detriment and that running in the hallways of the school probably wasn’t the best workout for her.
“The weather these last two weeks has been horrible, with school being closed for three snow days in that time,” she explained. “We have been stuck inside and for a distance runner that is neither good nor helpful. If the weather had been better, we would have been outside on the track, and instead, we were inside running the hallways and using one of the two treadmills available for us in the weight room.
“Being inside is very limiting,” she continued. “I think she really needed to keep up her mileage, which, again, is really difficult to do inside. The other aspect is racing strategy and keeping the nerves under control.”
All that being said, Cuesta was proud of Cebulski being able to get to the championships.
“We’re already looking ahead to what we have to focus on for the spring track season,” she said.