Hurricane Track Teams Pick Up Victories In Season Openers

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Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Drew Budd   Apr 2, 2019 3:13 PM

It was a successful opening week for both the Westhampton Beach boys and girls track teams last week, as each picked up victories over their East Hampton counterparts.

The girls won their meet, 87-56, in East Hampton on March 27 by winning 10 separate events and placing second or third in 13 different events. Katie Kelly won both the triple and high jumps, Valerie Finke won the 100- and 400-meter hurdles and placed second in the triple jump, Maeve Murphy won the 400-meter dash, Natalie Ehlers won the 1,500-meter race walk, Oceane Ode won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, Mai Nguyen-Jeanneret won the shot put and discus and Rose Hayes won the 1,500-meter race and placed second in the 800-meter run.

Trinity Valenzuela placed second in the 400 with teammate Isabella Beck placing third. Julia Smith placed second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, Ashley Steedman placed second in the 3,000-meter race, Sydnie Mason placed second in the pole vault, Jessica Dunn placed third in the 800 and Kate Ryan placed third in the 1,500 and fourth in the 800.

Times and distances were not provided.

The boys handed their new head coach, Connor Christian, his first career victory with a 95-40 win over East Hampton at home on March 26. Christian thought all of his athletes performed very well.

Curtis Brown won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 11.7 and 25.1 seconds, respectively. He also won the long jump in with a leap of 18 feet 8 inches.

Richard Tiska won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 64 seconds and was the leadoff leg in the winning 4x100-meter relay, which won in 46 seconds. Mike Evers, Dillon Canavan and Bobby Ditta joined Tiska on that team.

Christian said that even though Gavin Ehlers and Ermel Bautista took second in the 800- and 1,600-meter races, he liked the way they competed against East Hampton’s Ryan Fowkes, who is expected to reach the state meet in at least one of those events this season.

“They were right next to him and provided a good fight in the mile,” he said.

The boys were scheduled to compete at Miller Place on Wednesday, while the girls were scheduled to host Miller Place.

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