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.
Several outstanding young athletes have decamped recently, preventing me from recounting in florid language their triumphs every week, but Godspeed, I say, for, as has been shown in the past, mileage generally must be logged if great athletic ambitions are to be realized by East Enders.
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 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.
I was thinking of calling the Hampton Jitney to see if I couldn’t get them to wrap one of their buses with a photo of me and fellow septuagenarian Gary Bowen, winners this past Sunday of East Hampton Indoor’s men’s B doubles championship, but modesty prevailed.
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.