The East Hampton High School boys and girls track teams lost to their Amityville peers this past week, though there were good things to say even though the margins of victory were considerable.
“We were holding our own until the scores from the throwers and jumpers came in,” said the girls’ coach, Diane O’Donnell. “Their girl who won the shot-put just stood there and tossed it 34 feet.”
In winning the 400, East Hampton’s Ashley West ran a personal-best, 59.4. She won the 800 too, in 2:39, and “almost caught their girl on the fourth leg of the 4-by-4 — she ran out of track.”
Lena Vergnes won the 1,500-meter racewalk in 8:52; Julia DeSousa, her teammate, was the runner-up.
Amanda Calabrese would have been second in the 100 hurdles had she not been disqualified for “hooking,” which is to say one of her legs passed around the outside of one of the hurdles. Calabrese was second and Kathryn Wood was third in the 200.
East Hampton, which was unopposed, swept the 3,000. Cole Brauer won it in 13:10. East Hampton swept the 1,500 too, with Jennie DiSunno, Alyssa Bahel, and Jami Staubitser.
Charlotte Wiltshire and Sedona Brosse were one-two in the high jump. Wiltshsire was third in the discus with a throw of 63-11.
“Although we lost, the relays were great races,” said O’Donnell. “Our 4-by-1 team, anchored by Saoirse McKeon, turned in their best time so far. Amityville won it in 55.2; we did 55.4. The 4-by-4 was almost the same, though we were d.q.’d for passing the baton out of the zone. The 4-by-8 was uncontested.”
Following the boys meet here with Amityville, East Hampton’s coach, Chris Reich, said, “We got beat up pretty bad.” Amityville and Westhampton Beach, he added, would probably fight it out for the league championship.
The Tiger Award went to Adam Cebulski, who led a Bonac sweep of the mile and two-mile races and was a member of the winning 4-by-800 relay team.
Mike Hamilton and Evan Larsen, who came over from baseball, also drew praise from Reich. Larsen placed second in the mile, improving his time by 10 seconds, and second in the 400 hurdles. “He also led off the 4-by-4 with a 58.0.” Hamilton placed third in the mile, third in the 400, and ran a leg in the 4-by-4 relay.
Amityville swept the shot-put and took the top two places in the discus. East Hampton’s Jacob Hands placed third in that event.