Westhampton Beach Track Squads Gunning For League Titles, Host Annual Invitational

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Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Drew Budd   Apr 30, 2019 2:13 PM

The Westhampton Beach boys and girls track teams are going for it all.

Both squads are currently undefeated going into their final dual meets of the season this Monday, May 6, and victories over Sayville for both teams will net them League VI titles. The Hurricanes, who have not won a league title since 2011, picked up key victories over Miller Place and Amityville, the last of which was only by a single point, a rarity in track meets. The Lady Hurricanes are the only remaining undefeated team in League VI and have already beaten one of the perennially tough teams in Miller Place.

Westhampton Beach also hosted its annual invitational on Saturday, bringing in hundreds of some of the top student-athletes from throughout Suffolk County. Ermel Bautista won the 3,200-meter race in 9:55.54 with teammate Gavin Ehlers coming in right behind him at 9:59.69. Bautista also placed third in the 1,600-meter race in 4:36.81 and Ehlers finished the 800-meter run in 2:03.13, which placed him fourth. Jack Meigel placed second in the high jump with a height of 6 feet 2 inches.

The Canes also had notable performances in the novice events. James Buono placed third in the 1,600-meter race in 5:18.70, with teammate Maximus Haynia placing seventh in 5:22.03. James Moran placed fifth in the 100-meter dash in 13.61 seconds. Angelo Almania placed second in the 110-meter hurdles in 19.87 seconds.

As for the Lady Canes, Oceane Ode won the 100-meter dash in 12.86 seconds and placed third in the 200-meter dash in 27 seconds. Valerie Finke placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 68.36 seconds. Sydnie Mason placed fifth in the pole vault by reaching 8 feet 6 inches. Leila Reaves finished seventh in the freshman 100-meter dash in 13.95 seconds and Anabelle Vellosa finished fourth in the freshman 100-meter hurdles in 20.12 seconds.

The Lady Canes also brought a small contingent to the prestigious Penn Relays, April 25-27. Natalie Ehlers placed third in the 5K race walk in 26:55.73. She said that her main goal was returning home with a medal after placing seventh in the same event last year.

“I did a little bit more training for it,” she said. “Since I’ve gotten All-American [this past winter], I’ve kept improving and I was gunning for the top three spots.”

Prior to their big meets against Sayville, the boys and girls will go to the St. Anthony’s Invitational this weekend. Ehlers is hoping to win the race walk there. Both the boys and girls will be heading up to the Loucks Games in White Plains on Friday and Saturday.

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