Lady Canes Indoor Track Teams Clean Up At Stanner Games And Art Mitchell Meet; Ehlers Leads Boys To Win

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Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Drew Budd   Jan 15, 2019 7:22 AM
Jan 15, 2019 10:29 AM

The Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team competed at the Stanner Games at The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City on Saturday.

Ocean Ode won the sophomore 55-meter dash in 7.62 seconds and Valerie Finke won the freshman 55-meter hurdles in 10.18 seconds. Finke, Jessica Dunn, Lelia Reaves and Trinity Valenzuela placed third in the freshman 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, which consists of 400-, 200-, 200- and 800-meter legs, in that order. They finished in 4:40.36. Jackie Amato placed fifth out of 133 runners in the 1,000-meter race in 3:05.50.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Finke, Maureen Duffy, Julia Smith and Ode set a new school record by finishing in 1:47.8, surpassing the team’s 2016 record of 1:49. The team’s time was good enough for seventh place out of 34 teams and ranks them third in Suffolk County.

With seven champions, the Lady Hurricanes cleaned up at the Art Mitchell Meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on January 6. Ode won the 55-meter dash (7.68 seconds), Amato won the 1,000-meter race (3:09.47), Rose Hayes won the freshman 1,000-meter race (3:16.24), Natalie Ehlers won the 1,500-meter racewalk (7:39.36), and Anabelle Vellosa won the long jump (13 feet 5½ inches). Murphy placed second in the 300-meter dash in 44.09 seconds and Finke placed second in the triple jump in 32 feet 5½ inches. Amato, Duffy, Murphy and Grace Kwiatkowski won the 4x400-meter relay in 4:17.10 and Finke, Vellosa, Ode and Valenzuela won the 4x200-meter relay in 1:52.78.

Westhampton Beach sent a 4x400-meter relay to the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island on January 5. Dunn, Murphy, Smith and Duffy placed fourth in the Red 4x4 in 4:08.28.


The Westhampton Beach boys won the freshman section of the Freshman/Sophomore Championships on Sunday at Suffolk-Brentwood. The Canes accrued 60.6 points to take the meet, 30.6 points ahead of second place Bay Shore and Ward Melville.

Gavin Ehlers won two separate individual events and also ran on a relay team to help lead the freshmen. He won the 1,000-meter race in 2:59.84, won the 1,600-meter race in 4:40.14 and was the anchor on the 4x800-meter relay that won in 9:48.23. Max Haynia, James Buono and Cole Cammarata ran with Ehlers in that race.

Judah Williams won the high jump with a height of 5 feet 3 inches. Haynia placed second in the 3,200-meter race in 10:27.37. The 4x200-meter relay team of Williams, Liam McMunn, Andre Insalaco and Jake Porio placed second in 1:47.95.

Michael Evers placed third in the sophomore 300-meter dash in 38.76 seconds, and the sophomore 4x400-meter relay team of Evers, Mike Amitrano, Santo Benenati and Dillon Canavan placed third in 3:50.78.

Jack Meigal won the high jump at the Stanner Games by reaching 6 feet 4 inches.

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