After winning its first dual meet in six years last week, the East Hampton girls track team followed with another victory, 83-58, at Bellport on April 28.
The win improved the Lady Bonackers’ record to 2-2-1 in League VI and they had a shot this week at finishing with their first winning season since 1998, as they hosted Westhampton Beach on Tuesday. Results of that meet occurred too late to appear this week but will be published in next week’s issue of The Press.
East Hampton head coach Yani Cuesta said the team’s sudden improvement can be linked to the girls’ hard work throughout the season.
“I think the girls have been working really hard this season,” she said. “Especially more so since they’ve had a taste of winning. It’s always inspiring to see them get so excited, and they’re motivated to keep the feeling going.
Last week’s victory over Bellport showed how much depth East Hampton has accrued this season, and Cuesta said it’s the depth on a team that can go a long way. The Lady Bonackers won 10 separate events but also had many second- and third-place finishes.
“The scoring doesn’t just come from one to three girls,” Cuesta, in her second year as head coach, said. “Now we have more girls scoring, and so if we don’t get first place, we’re getting second and third.
“Depth can win meets even if you don’t get a single first-place finish,” she said.
Dana Cebulski won both the 1,500- and 800-meter races. She won the 1,500 in 5:07.3 and the 800 in 2:28. Liana Paradiso placed third in the 1,500 in 5:24.8. Valentina Sanchez won the 400-meter dash in 65.7 seconds while Allura Leggard finished third in 66.4 seconds. Leggard also won the 200-meter dash, which East Hampton swept, in 28.7 seconds. Gabbie McKay (28.9) and Cecilia Blowe (28.97) finished second and third, respectively.
McKay won the 100-meter dash in 13.5 seconds and Blowe won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet 2 ¼ inches. Devon Brown placed second in the long jump with a 13-foot-8 ¾-inch leap and Quincy King placed third after clearing 12 feet 5 ½ inches.
Hannah Jungck won the 3,000-meter race in 11:40.6, Anna Hoffman won the high jump after clearing 4 feet 8 inches and Nina Piacentine won the 1,500-meter racewalk in 9:09.51. McKay, Blowe, Leggard and Amanda Calabrese won the 4×100-meter relay in 53.16 seconds.
The East Hampton boys track team lost, 90-50, at home to Bellport on Thursday, May 1, and remained winless in five dual meets this season.
Daniel Soto took first place in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 10 inches. Erik Engstrom and Adam Cebulski took first and second, respectively, in the 1,600-meter race. Engstrom also won the 3,200-meter race with Josh Dempsey finishing second just behind him. Thomas Paradiso took third place in the 100-meter dash in a personal best time of 52.98 seconds. Wanya Reid placed second in the 200-meter dash in 23.9 seconds and Chjuvaughn Cameron tied for third in a personal best 24 seconds. Will Ellis won the high jump and Josh King won the shot put with Luis Idrovo taking third.
Engstrom also participated in the St. Anthony’s Invitational on Saturday and participated in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He was ranked 15th going into the race and he finished sixth in a personal best 10:00.65, beating his previous time by about 13 seconds.