The Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team settled for third place at the Small Schools Championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday.
What was expected to be a fight for the Small Schools title between the Lady Canes, Mount Sinai and Bayport/Blue Point sort of held true. Mount Sinai won the meet with 79 points, but it was West Babylon taking second with 76 points. The Lady Canes finished with 48 points, while Comsewogue finished fourth with 40 and Bayport fifth with 32.
Westhampton Beach head coach John Broich thought his team left a few points out on the track, even though it may not have changed the team’s placement all that much. Jackie Amato was seeded second in the 1,000-meter race but she was bogged down due to an illness and finished fifth in 3:08.80, about four seconds slower than her best. She didn’t compete in the 1,500-meter race, in which Broich said she could have placed third. Kathleen Kelly did well in the high jump, placing third with a height of 4 feet 11 inches, scoring six points for the team, but she didn’t place in the triple jump, which was expected.
Broich said that it was still a good showing from his athletes, many of whom are expected to be at the state qualifier this Monday, February 11, back at Suffolk-Brentwood.
Natalie Ehlers won the 1,500-meter racewalk, as expected, finishing in 7:18.99, 13 seconds faster than Comsewogue’s Daniella Barchi. Oceane Ode placed third in the 55-meter dash in 7.48 seconds and fifth in the 300-meter dash in 44.52 seconds. Julia Smith placed third in the 300 in 43.19 seconds. Maeve Murphy placed fifth in the 600-meter run in 1:41.79.
The Lady Canes continued their success in the relays. Ode, Smith, Valerie Finke and Maureen Duffy placed second in the 4x200-meter relay in 1:47.04. Murphy, Grace Kwiatkowski, Jessica Dunn and Trinity Valenzuela placed third in the 4x400-meter relay in 4:21.28.
The Westhampton Beach boys finished ninth out of 24 teams with 19 points at their meet on Sunday.
Gavin Ehlers placed second in the 1,600-meter race in 4:32.39, a personal best by almost seven seconds. Jack Miegel placed third in the high jump, reaching 6 feet 2 inches. Dillon Canavan placed fifth in the 300-meter dash in 39.31 seconds. Michael Evers just missed out of qualifying for the finals in that race, finishing right behind Canavan in 38.49 seconds.
Both the 4x200- and 4x800-meter relay teams placed fifth. Ehlers, Ermel Bautista, Sean Jordan and Kieran Ryan finished in 8:46.12 and Canavan, Evers, Michael Amitrano and Richard Tiska finished in 1:30.02.