The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls track team lost its season-opening dual meet, 95-54, at home to Shoreham/Wading River on April 5, but had a number of top performances.
Allura Leggard won the 100-meter dash (13.4 seconds) and 200-meter dash (28.2 seconds), and she also won the long jump—which she competed in for the first time ever—leaping 14 feet 11¾ inches. Leggard was also the last leg on the winning 4x100-meter relay team that finished in 54.71 seconds. Mikela Junemann, Lillie Minskoff and Ashley Peters were the other sprinters on that team.
JiJi Kramer won the 1,500-meter racewalk in 8:55.66, and Lily Mongan reached a personal-best 4 feet 7 inches to win the high jump. East Hampton head coach Yani Cuesta was delighted to see three girls, two of them throwers, step up and volunteer to run in the 800-meter race. Alden Powers finished in 2:55.5, which placed her fourth, while Helen Barranco and Liz Camacho crossed the finish line in 3:12.9 and 3:52.1, respectively.
“It warmed my heart to see them step up and do something so selfless for their team,” Cuesta said.
The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys track team lost, 100-36, at Shoreham in its season opener on April 5. The Bonackers won the mile, 800-meter race and discus but specific athletes and their times were not provided.
Both teams were at the Port Jeff Steeplefest on Wednesday. The girls will compete at the Suffolk Coaches Meet at Sachem North High School on Saturday and will be at Amityville on Tuesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. The boys are scheduled to host Amityville on Tuesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m.
The Southampton boys track team picked up its second victory of the season, 96-47, at Elwood/John Glenn on Monday. Nakia Williams won the triple jump with a personal best leap of 43 feet 5 inches. He also won the long jump. Head coach Tony Dottin announced on Monday that Sebastian Pereira has been cleared to start practicing, after missing the beginning of the season due to a prolonged injury. He’s another key jumper for the Mariners.
The Lady Mariners lost, 104-57, at home to Glenn on Monday. Both Southampton track teams will compete against Center Moriches on Wednesday, April 19. The boys will be home while the girls will be away. Each meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.