The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys and girls track teams both suffered losses in their season-opening dual meets last week to Westhampton Beach.
The girls, who were home on March 27, lost, 87-56, but had multiple athletes who won their respective events. Bella Espinoza won the pole vault at 8 feet, a personal best, and teammate Ashley Peters placed third after reaching 6 feet 6 inches. Ava Engstrom won both the 800- and 3,000-meter races in 2:34.4 and 11:26.3, respectively. Lillie Minskoff won the long jump with a leap of 14 feet 4 inches, and Jennifer Ortiz placed third with a 13-foot-6-inch jump.
The Lady Bonackers also won two of the three relays. Minskoff, Ashley Peters, Shania Gordon and Tifany Gomez won the 4x100-meter relay in 57.95 seconds. Ortiz, Lateshia Peters, Anissa Santiago and Anna Carman won the 4x400-meter relay in 5:19.7.
“Overall we were very happy with the girls’ performances,” East Hampton head coach Yani Cuesta said. “We knew we were the underdogs in this competition but the girls held their own. We were pleasantly surprised by our field events and how strongly they did.”
Other notable performances included Minskoff placing third in both the 100- (13.8 seconds) and 200-meter dashes (28.4 seconds); Bella Tarbet placed second in the 1,500-meter race in 5:53.3; Grace Brosnan placed second in the high jump (4 feet 6 inches) and 400-meter intermediate hurdles (72.9 seconds); Megan “Mimi” Fowkes (8:25.4, personal best) and JiJi Kramer (8:42.3) placed second and third, respectively, in the 1,500-meter race walk; Paige Schaeffer and Helen Barranco placed second and third, respectively, in the shot put, then flip-flopped those placements in the discus; and Ortiz placed third in the triple jump in a personal best 31 feet 5 inches.
The boys lost their meet at Westhampton Beach, 95-40, on March 26. Additional information was not provided.
The girls are scheduled to host Sayville on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., a meet that was originally scheduled for Tuesday. The boys were at Sayville on Tuesday.