The Long Island Elite Meet acts as a tune-up for those who are gearing up for the New York State Indoor Track Championships, set for Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex on Staten Island. But it’s also the last meet of the season for some athletes.
East Hampton senior Ryan Fowkes, who qualified for the state meet in the 1,000-meter race, competed in the 1,600-meter race this past Saturday at the meet at St. Anthony’s High School and won the race in a new school record, 4:25.49, surpassing Erik Engstrom’s previous record of 4:26.80 set in 2016. He finished more than 10 seconds ahead of Commack senior Daniel Czop.
East Hampton head coach Ben Turnbull said that Fowkes is seeded fifth among public school runners in the 1,000 and said he has a good shot at finishing in the top three. If Fowkes can shave a few seconds off his season’s best time and finish in 2:32.60 or faster he will qualify for the New Balance Indoor Nationals as an emerging elite athlete in the 800. If he can finish in 2:29.60 or faster, he’ll put himself into the national race.
“He is having an amazing season and good things will be on the horizon for him for the spring season,” Turnbull said of Fowkes.
East Hampton senior Matthew Maya also competed at the elite meet this past weekend in the 300-meter dash. He crossed the finish line in 38 seconds, slightly slower than his seeded time of 37.85 seconds, which placed him 13th.
East Hampton sophomore Ava Engstrom and Pierson sophomore Penelope Greene also competed over the weekend. Greene placed third and earned a bronze medal in the freshman/sophomore 1,500-meter race, finishing in 5:15.57. Engstrom ran in the varsity 1,500-meter race and placed eighth in 5:01.75.
Southampton senior Luke Rey, who will make his debut at this weekend’s state meet in the 55-meter dash, qualified for the finals in both the 55- and 60-meter dashes at the elite meet where he placed fifth in each event. He finished the 55 in 6.69 seconds and 60 in 7.24 seconds.