Quinn Smith of Hampton Bays, and Natalie Ehlers and Kathleen Kelly of Westhampton Beach used the Long Island Elite Meet on Saturday as a tune-up for this Saturday’s New York State Indoor Track Championships at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex, while others competed in what was their final meet of the winter.
Smith, a junior, and Ehlers, a senior, will look to duplicate their placements after winning their respective events at St. Anthony’s High School this past weekend. Smith won the boys shot put with a throw of 52 feet 3½ inches, five inches under his previous best, but he was nonetheless able to beat out Amityville senior Alton Kimbrough once again after having done so at the state qualifier a few weeks ago.
Ehlers won the girls 1,500-meter racewalk in a personal best 7:03.85. Kelly didn’t fare all that well in the high jump, reaching 4 feet 10 inches, four inches lower than her previous best. She placed 10th.
The rest of the East End athletes who competed last weekend were there to get their last taste of competitive action before the start of the outdoor spring season. The Westhampton Beach girls sprint medley relay team of Maeve Murphy, Jackie Amato, Maureen Duffy and Valerie Finke placed second in 4:19.83, a new school record. The previous record was 4:20.8 set in 2016. Finke, a freshman, placed second in the freshman/sophomore 300-meter dash in a personal best 42.66 seconds.
Hampton Bays sophomore Darwin Fernandez placed third in the freshman/sophomore 300-meter dash in 37.62 seconds. Senior Thomas O’Connell placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.89 seconds, sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.25 seconds and eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet ½ inch.
Westhampton Beach freshman Gavin Ehlers won the freshman/sophomore 1,600-meter race in 4:45.32. Jack Meigel, a junior, placed third in the high jump, reaching 6 feet 3 inches.