Tennis, Track Surging

East Hampton High’s boys tennis and track teams pushed to the fore
Katie Brierley, with the ball, and her East Hampton High School girls lacrosse team teammates were bested 18-10 by Westhampton Beach here Friday, which dropped them to 1-4 on the season. Winless Deer Park is to play here today. Jack Graves

While things continued to proceed in rather lackluster fashion last week insofar as East Hampton High’s lacrosse and baseball teams were concerned, the school’s boys tennis and track teams — not to mention the girls track team, which put up a fight in a losing cause — pushed to the fore.

A last-minute change shifted Monday’s boys tennis match with Southold-Greenport from here to the North Fork. Katie Helfand, Bonac’s coach, learned of the change “on Section XI’s website at noon,” but, even though it was windy and Southold’s courts did not have wind screens, East Hampton won 5-2.

Again, as had been the case the week before with Center Moriches, the Bonackers took the top three singles matches — with Julian MacGurn bageling Xavier Hahn 6-0, 6-0, Jack Louchheim defeating Aidan Walker 6-3, 6-1, and Ravi MacGurn defeating Greg Quist 7-6, 6-3. East Hampton’s other wins came at first and second doubles as Harrison Kennedy and Zach Bogetti and Matty McMullan and Jordan Foster each won in straight sets.

East Hampton’s fourth singles player, Ben Karlin, lost 6-2, 6-2 to Jacob Kahn, and the third doubles team of Thomas Lawton and Josh Rosario lost 6-4, 6-3 to Southold’s Steven Amato and Gus Rymer.

The win (Southold-Greenport had gone into the match at 2-0) improved East Hampton to 2-0. The team was to have played at Eastport-South Manor Tuesday, at Riverhead yesterday, and is to be at home against Riverhead — weather permitting — tomorrow.

Monday’s 69-63 win here over Islip was the East Hampton boys track team’s second victory of the season vis-a-vis one loss.

Luis Morales, the team’s coach, said afterward, “I truly believe the sky is the limit for our boys, who have displayed such a high level of tenacity and toughness since day one. They have the hearts of lions.”

The Bonackers, thanks to Eric Perez’s runner-up finish in the 3,200 — an achievement that earned him “the tiger award” — led by 1 point heading into the three relays.

As Erik Engstrom, who anchored the first of them, the 4-by-800, set out, his counterpart was well ahead, but soon after the first lap the Bonacker, running like the wind, took over and wound up winning with ease. That effort was certainly one of the day’s most sparkling.

The team’s time was 8 minutes and 54 seconds. Emilio Espinoza led it off, followed by Jackson Rafferty, Liam McGovern, and Engstrom, who no sooner had caught his breath when he found himself out on the track again, in the third leg of the 4-by-4.

That team, besides Engstrom, comprised Daniel Soto, Robert Weiss, and T.J. Paradiso, who was the anchor. It put East Hampton, which was to narrowly lose the finale, the 4-by-1, over the top.

Other performances of note Monday were Soto’s win in the 400, in a personal-best 54.5; the sweep by Will Ellis, Alberto Gallegos, Gabriel Junemann, and Jack Reese in the high jump; Eng­strom’s wins in the 1,600 and 3,200; Paradiso’s 800 win in a personal-best 2:02; Robert Weiss’s runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200; Ellis’s win in the 110-meter high hurdles and third-place finish in the 400 intermediate hurdles, and Soto’s third-place finish in the long jump, at 18-7.

Moreover, Morales cited George Contreras’s third-place finish in the 400, “in a P.R. time of 57 seconds, and our throwers, Josh King, Axel Alanis, Kevin Weiss, Luis Idrovo, Steven Atkinson, and Erik Sallinger. They came up huge, taking first and third place in the shot and second and third in the disc.”

East Hampton’s girls were at Islip that day, and while they lost 85-64, Yani Cuesta, the coach, said, “It was a good fight — many of our girls did quite well.”

Devon Brown won the triple jump with a hop, skip, and leap of 303/4 feet; Cecilia Blowe won the 200 in 28.3 seconds; Liana Paradiso won the 3,000, and Taliya Hayes won the shot-put.

Runners-up for East Hampton were Hayes, in the discus; Brown, in the 400; Gabby McKay, in the 100, 200, and long jump; Hannah Jungck, in the 800, and Merissah Gilbert, in the pole vault.

Third-place finishers were Rose O’Donoghue, in the 100 high hurdles; Vanessa Hammond, in the 400 and 400 intermediate hurdles; Aspen Segelken, in the 1,500 racewalk; Paradiso, in the 800; Tyra Stewart, in the 200, an event that East Hampton swept; Jungck, in the 3,000; Sabrina Ricci, in the high jump, and Christine Malecki, in the shot-put and discus.

The 4-by-800 relay team, comprising Paradiso, Aveen Hallissey, Alyssa Bahel, and Jungck, won, as did the 4-by-100 team of Blowe, Stewart, Allesia Williams, and McKay.
 

Erik Engstrom grabbed the lead early in the second lap and won in a walk. Jack Graves