Westhampton Beach Boys And Girls Track Teams Host Invitational

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The Hurricanes boys and girls track teams hosted the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday with more than 20 teams from across Suffolk County competing on each side. While rain put a damper on the boys races, their female counterparts enjoyed drier conditions in the afternoon.

Sarena Choi of Westhampton Beach placed second in the varsity triple jump, leaping 33 feet 10 ½ inches, and also won the freshman 100-meter dash in 13.5 seconds. Keira Kelly took first place in the high jump by clearing 5 feet.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Grace Gilbakian, Lauren Lorefice, Nora Murphy and Jenny Jordan finished first in 4:17. The same group had competed at the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania last Thursday, April 24, and finished a second faster but did not place.

Gilbakian finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in 62.22 seconds while Murphy finished sixth in 64.13 seconds. Kelsey Jordan placed third in the 1,500-meter racewalk in 7:53. Morgan Ford placed second in the novice 100-meter dash in 14 seconds.

Lauren Lorefice, in her first action this spring due to an injury, placed fifth in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 27.32 seconds. She also placed sixth in the 100-meter dash in 13.37 seconds.

Westhampton Beach head coach John Broich said Lorefice’s times were a little slow, but that she’s working her way back into shape. “She hadn’t been running much, so the girls she was running with in indoor track are substantially faster right now,” he said. “She’s got her work cut out for her, but she’s got at least three weeks to improve, so there’s plenty of time.”

The Westhampton Beach girls track team lost its dual meet, 92-58, at Comsewogue on April 22. The Lady Canes fell to 2-2 with their second consecutive loss.

Lucy DiBenedetto took first the shot put with a throw of 31 feet 5 ½ inches. Sabrina Mason finished first in both the racewalk (7:41) and pole vault (8 feet). Kelly won the high jump. She cleared 5 feet 2 inches. Westhampton Beach swept all three relays.

Graham Brown and Mynor Martinez took the highest placements for the Westhampton Beach boys at Saturday’s invitational. Martinez finished third in the novice triple jump with a leap of 34 feet 1 inch, while Brown finished third in the 800-meter run in 2:02.33.

Kyle Terry tied with five other competitors for seventh in the high jump by clearing 5 feet 3 inches. He also placed sixth in the novice triple jump, leaping 31 feet 11 inches.

The Hurricanes (1-3 League VI) also lost last week’s dual meet, 97-44, at home to Comsewogue on April 22. Brown won the 800-meter run in 2:02 while Alex Patricolo won the 3,200-meter in 10:40.5. R.J. Holman won the pole vault by reaching 10 feet 6 inches and Roger Llivasaca placed second after reaching 9 feet 6 inches. Terry won the high jump with a height of 5 feet 4 inches. The 4×800-meter relay team of Patricolo, Llivasaca, Dave Nowak and Gerry Gwinn won in 9:29.

ESM

The Eastport South Manor boys track team took a big step toward a possible league title last week by downing previously unbeaten Bellport, 76-65, on the road on April 22. ESM (4-0) is now the only undefeated team remaining in League VI with only two more meets on the schedule.

Matt Lafferty solidified last week’s victory by winning the triple jump. He took top honors with a 41-foot jump. James Marone placed third with a leap of 38 feet 7 inches. Lafferty also won the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.2 seconds.

Thomas Meehan took first place in both the 800- and 1,600-meter races. He won the 1,600 in 4:45 and the 800 in 1:57. Connor Langdon claimed top honors in the high jump with a height of 5 feet 8 inches. John D’Amaro won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet 3 inches. Luke Lafferty finished first in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 9 inches and the 4×800-meter relay team won in 8:24. Jacob Black, Dom DeAngelis, Joey Vultaggio and Meehan made up that team. Vultaggio filled in for Ryan Corbett.

At Saturday’s Westhampton Beach Invitational, D’Amaro placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet 1½ inches. Tristan Luccari placed third in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet. Langdon tied for fourth in the high jump after clearing 5 feet 6 inches. And Luke Lafferty placed seventh in the 200-meter dash in 23.9 seconds.

The ESM girls track team continued its steady improvement last week. After defeating Bellport, 82.5-62.5, at home last Thursday, April 24, the Lady Sharks attended the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday and returned home with 19 medals.

ESM (2-1-1 League VI) won 10 events against Bellport last week, placed second in six events and third in eight. Keara Brown won the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter dash. She improved her school record in the triple to 33 feet 5 inches. Taylor McClay won both the 800- and 1,500-meter races.

Ashley Schafer won the 3,000-meter race and placed second in the 1,500-meter race. ESM swept the 1,500-meter racewalk, with Sam Jablonski coming in first, followed by Katie Davis and Taylor Lydell. Rachel Pfeiffer won the high jump, followed by Michela Brummerloh and Emily Shore, who tied for third place.

Lisa Marone won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and Ngarie Ross took first in the 200-meter dash.

At the Westhampton Beach Invitational, Pfeiffer placed second in the high jump and tied Brummerloh’s school record of 4 feet 10 inches. Brummerloh tied for third place at 4 feet 8 inches. Brown placed second in the freshmen 100-meter dash in 13.83 seconds and placed fourth in the open triple jump with a leap of 32 feet 11¾ inches.

The 4×400-meter relay team of Marone, Kristen Shine, Taylor McClay and Brittany Castoro placed third in 4:26. Brittney Gross placed third in the novice 100-meter dash in 14.09 seconds.

Hampton Bays

The Hampton Bays girls track team did well in the novice events at Saturday’s Westhampton Beach Invitational. Hannah Reed took first place in the novice 400-meter intermediate hurdles, crossing the tape in 74.14 seconds, and won the novice 800-meter run in 2:51.

Mary Kelly Hilton placed fourth in the novice triple jump with a 29-foot-2-inch leap. She placed sixth in the novice long jump with a leap of 14 feet 5¼ inches. Cameron Heaney placed seventh in the novice 100-meter dash in 14.36 seconds.

Rachel Smith ran a personal best in the 800-meter run in 3:02, beating her previous best time by seven seconds. Viki Nicolova finished the 1,500-meter racewalk in a personal best 10:59, shaving 71 seconds off her prior best time.

The Lady Baymen (1-4 League VIII) lost their dual meet, 77-62, at home to Port Jefferson on April 22. Head coach Kevin O’Toole said it was a hard-fought battle with a number of personal bests.

Hilton placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet 7½ inches. Stacey Lattimore placed third in the 1,500-meter race in 5:58, a personal best. Nicole Salas and Nicolova placed first and second, respectively, in the 1,500-meter racewalk. Salas won in 12:10, while Nicolova finished in 12:19. Losmi Cruz won the discus with a throw of 65 feet 4 inches. Drew Zaweski placed first in the 100-meter high hurdles in a personal best 18.1 seconds.

The Hampton Bays boys track team lost its first dual meet of the season, 93-48, at Port Jefferson on April 22. The Baymen are now 4-1.

Taylor Catz won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 8 inches. Brian Intermaggio won the high jump, clearing 5 feet 8 inches. Hampton Bays swept both the shot put and discus. Darrell Galicia won the first event with a throw of 45 feet 4 inches, while Peyton Hand won the discus with a throw of 124 feet 8 inches. Joe Veeck tied for first place in the pole vault by clearing 10 feet.

Intermaggio placed third overall in the high jump at Saturday’s Westhampton Beach Invitational. He cleared 5 feet 8 inches in what head coach Dave Goodman said was a pouring rain. Only four athletes were able to reach 5 feet 8 inches.

Christian Berglin and Isaac Tran finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Berglin finished in 70.4 seconds while Tran crossed the tape in 72.3 seconds. Chris Downs placed sixth in the novice 1,600-meter race in a season’s best 5:25.72. Matt Stephens placed second in the novice long jump with a 15-foot-9-inch leap.

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