The Montauk Triathlon (1-mile swim in Lake Montauk, 20-mile bike, and 10K run) based at the West Lake Drive-Star Island Causeway intersection, will be held Saturday, beginning with the swim at 7:30 a.m.
Merle McDonald-Aaron, the race director, said 520 have signed up this year, about 100 fewer than in 2013. “The reason,” she thinks, “is that there’s to be a national Olympic-distance triathlon a week later.”
She had not heard from last year’s record-setting winner, Michael Poole, nor from the women’s winner, Ali Crum. But the race is sure to be a good one given the fact that the 2013 runner-up, Tom Eickelberg, and Ryan Siebert, who won here two years ago, have registered, as has last year’s female runner-up, Katie Bottini.
East Hampton High had no one qualify for the state track meets this spring, though the girls’ and boys’ coaches, Yani Cuesta and Luis Morales, said their charges performed well in this past weekend’s state qualifier competitions.
Cuesta took 10 competitors, “the most we’ve ever had,” and while Amanda Calabrese’s 13th-place finish in the 100-meter high hurdles was the group’s highest finish, “everybody benefited from the experience. They’re ready now to take it to the next level.”
Concerning the boys, Morales said that “Thomas Paradiso, who was seeded 23rd, finished 17th in the 800, in 2:01.70, a season-best; Adam Cebulski, seeded 16th, finished 13th in the mile with a season-best 4:36.29, and Erik Engstrom placed seventh in the steeplechase, in 10:06.10, a personal best for him,” about 11 seconds off the school record set by Ben Turnbull at the 2000 state meet.