Hampton Bays girls track head coach Kevin O’Toole is excited for the outdoor season, hoping that a group of veteran track athletes, who saw success during the winter indoor season, can help train and mentor a large group of underclassmen that are the future of the program.
The Lady Baymen have strong returning athletes at all distances—and in field events as well. In sprints, returning All-League seniors Sarah Fassino and Rachel Reycroft will lead the way, and they will also be competing in jumping events. Sophomore Heilyn Ovares is poised for a strong season in her premier event, the 400-meter race, while seniors Hailey Troyan and Maryrose O’Connell will bolster Hampton Bays in long distance races. O’Connell is committed to continue her career at Cortland State next year. O’Toole is excited for returning athletes Luisa Ramos and Sophia Velasquez, a junior duo who should help the team earn points in the shot put and discus.
The biggest loss to graduation for the Lady Baymen was Marley Montague, who is now competing at Buffalo State. She was the top pole vaulter in Suffolk County, with three appearances at states, and was also a strong sprinter for the team.
O’Toole said his goals for this year’s team are simple.
“We are hoping that some of our youngest athletes can earn a spot competing at the division meet in May, while all earning personal bests in their events,” he said. “And we hope we’re competitive against the best teams in our league.”
Hampton Bays will kick off the League VI season at Elwood/John Glenn this Thursday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m.
The boys track team is under new leadership this spring, with former assistant coach Andrew Arbocus taking over for Dave Goodman. Arbocus, a chemistry teacher, previously specialized in coaching the shot put and discus athletes.
The team has a strong mix of returning athletes and newcomers. Senior Tajay Dallas and junior Diego Vivar will pace the team in sprinting events, while sophomore Darwin Fernandez returns to varsity and will be strong in middle distance races, the long jump, and relays.
Senior Thomas O’Connell is versatile as well, and should help score points in the hurdling events as well as the triple jump and in relays.
Junior Jack Gilbert, another returnee, should excel in jumps and in the 400-meter race, while classmate Milan Moraga is also strong in the jumps and the 400.
Senior Hunter Baird returns to his role as the team’s pole vaulter, while Quinn Smith returns as one of the top throwers in the county, having advanced to states for the discus last year. Smith is coming off a sixth-place finish in the shot put at the indoor track state meet, held a few weeks ago.
Sophomore Marek Maslowski and freshman T.J. Kraycar are showing promise as throwers, and will benefit from having Smith show them the ropes.
In distance running, the team will be led by sophomore Kelvin Granados, freshman Arents Hansen, sophomore Johnny Gonzalez, and senior Patrick Duba.
The Baymen started their League VI season at home against Elwood/John Glenn on Wednesday.