For the fourth consecutive year, the Hampton Bays boys track team qualified at least one athlete for the New York State Track and Field Championships. Taylor Catz and Joe Veeck will both be appearing at states—which will be this Friday and Saturday at Cicero/North Syracuse High School—after qualifying in their events at the Section XI Individual Championships, otherwise known as the state qualifier, at Port Jefferson High School this past Friday and Saturday.
It will be the first time upstate for both Catz and Veeck. Catz placed sixth in the pentathlon last week after winning the Division III title two weeks prior at Longwood High School. Usually a sixth-place finish isn’t good enough to make it to states, but Catz, who worked through a slight groin pull, was tops among small schools competitors with 2,838 points. The next small-school athlete was Stephen Boyce of Mount Sinai, who totaled 2,666 points.
Catz placed seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.63 seconds, won the shot put with a throw of 44 feet 11 ¾inches, tied for ninth place in the high jump after reaching 5 feet 4 ¼ inches, finished ninth in the long jump after leaping 18 feet 6 inches and placed 14th in the 1,600-meter race in 5:16.92.
Veeck finished ninth overall in the pole vault, but first among small-school competitors, with a height of 12 feet 6 inches, a foot and a half better than his previous best. Alden Mohasci of Port Jeff was seeded at 13 feet, but he never got over 11 feet, which helped get Veeck to states.
Brian Intermaggio, and Christian and Nick Berglin also competed at the state qualifier for Hampton Bays. Intermaggio was trying to make it to states for the second straight year in the high jump. He battled it out with Collin Godfrey of Babylon. Intermaggio was able to reach 6 feet on his third and final jump, but Godfrey reached 6 feet on his second jump, allowing him to take first among small school jumpers and denying Intermaggio his second trip to states.
Christian Berglin finished 21st out of 23 runners in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:00.37, which was 17 seconds faster than his previous personal best. Nick Berglin finished the 3,200-meter race in 10:05.58, which placed him 15th out of 23 runners. He cut nearly a full minute off his time since the beginning of the season. Nick also ran in the 1,600-meter race and finished 21st in 4:42.49.
Hannah Reed and Drew Zaweski represented the Hampton Bays girls track team at the state qualifier last weekend. Zaweski placed 21st in the 100-meter hurdles in a personal best 17.72 seconds. Reed finished 14th in the pentathlon with a total of 2,058 points, finishing with a season best in three of the five events. She finished the 100-meter hurdles in 19.59 seconds, breaking 20 seconds for the first time, and her 14 foot-4 ½-inch leap in the long jump was the best of her career.
Losmi Cruz, Maria Daun, Mishel Ochoa, Heather Reyes, Vanessa Tzitzimititla, Wendy Velez, Katherine Medrano and team captains Ana Figueroa and Sam Thompson are all expected to graduate from the team this month.