The Eastport South Manor and Westhampton Beach indoor track teams sent a contingent of boys and girls to the Long Island Elite Meet at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington on Friday. The meet features the top athletes from both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
ESM’s Tom Meehan, and Lauren Lorefice and Keira Kelly of Westhampton Beach—all of whom will be competing at the New York State Indoor Track Championships at Cornell University this weekend—competed at St. Anthony’s. Meehan took second place in the 1,600-meter race in 4:21, a slightly faster time from the 4:24 he ran at the State Qualifier a few weeks back. ESM head coach Brian Methven noted that Meehan’s health has improved after getting over an illness and a knee injury suffered the past few weeks.
Kelly finished fourth in the high jump for Westhampton Beach, reaching 5 feet 2 inches. Lorefice, meanwhile, ran in the open 300-meter dash and placed seventh overall in 42.55 seconds. She also ran on the 4×200-meter relay team with Grace Gilbakian, Sarena Choi and Nora Murphy, which placed ninth in 1:59.18.
Graham Brown of Westhampton Beach placed sixth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:43.07, while Khai Henderson took fifth in the freshman/sophomore 300-meter dash in a personal best 39.63 seconds. Mike Gattuso placed sixth in the event with a personal best time of 39.81 seconds.
Murphy finished seventh in the girls freshman/sophomore 300-meter dash, crossing the tape in 45.65 seconds, a personal best, while Choi placed 13th in 47.17 seconds. Sabrina Mason took 10th in the 1,500-meter racewalk in 7:35.34. Kaitlyn Brierton competed in the freshman/sophomore 1,500-meter racewalk and placed 12th in 5:46. Gilbakian finished 16th in the open 600-meter run in a personal best 1:44.60.
ESM’s Luke Lafferty reset his school record in the long jump. He leaped 21 feet 9 ¼ inches, which placed him fourth overall. Methven said Lafferty is still the second best sophomore jumper in the state, noting that he is just ¾ of an inch off the top jump.
Shark Jacob Black ran in the 600-meter run and finished in 1:32. Lady Shark Taylor McClay won the freshman/sophomore 1,500-meter race in 5:01, eight seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
Additionally, Michela Brummerloh finished 12th in the high jump, reaching a height of 4 feet 10 inches. She was the only freshman to compete in the event, according to ESM head coach James Lever.