Erik Engstrom, East Hampton High’s strongest cross-country runner, and the county’s number-one, Sachem’s Jonathan Lauer, duked it out at Sunken Meadow State Park in Saturday’s Bob Pratt invitational, with Lauer pulling away in the final half-mile to win by seven seconds.
The Mighty Hamptons Triathlon, to be named hereafter for its late director, Steve Tarpinian, who died recently at the age of 54, attracted a large field to Noyac’s Long Beach Sunday, a 700-plus field that included a former Ironman champion, John Howard, and several Mighty Hamptons winners of the past.
From the very beginning, which is to say from the moment of her induction into East Hampton High School’s Hall of Fame four years ago, Margaret Dunn had thought her father, a longtime social studies teacher at the high school, ought to be a Hall of Famer as well.
The life of the late Steve Tarpinian, a triathlete, swimming coach, and triathlon promoter whom his life partner, Jean Mellano, has described as “the pioneer of triathloning on Long Island,” is to be celebrated at Sunday’s Mighty Hamptons triathlon at Noyac’s Long Beach.
East Hampton High’s boys cross-country team made itself known statewide at an invitational meet in Wawrick Saturday, taking third place among the 16 teams in one of the varsity races there, paced by Erik Engstrom’s winning time of 15 minutes and 43.5 seconds.
The East Hampton High School boys and girls cross-country teams turned out in force for the Great Bonac 5K Monday morning in Springs, and the boys, who enjoy a preseason ranking of 10th in New York State, finished in a pack of five, a couple of minutes behind the 5K’s winner, Gerard Connelly, 18, of Nesconset.
Charles Manning, who led the Killer Bees to a state boys basketball championship last season, won’t be playing in Bridgehampton this winter given the fact that, having passed an entrance examination this past week, he’ll be at Long Island Lutheran.