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Oct 3, 2017 11:07 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Bonackers Place Third At Flrunners.com Cross Country Invitational

Emilio
Oct 3, 2017 11:16 AM

The East Hampton boys cross country team made the most of its trip to Florida for the 18th annual Flrunners.com Invitational this past weekend.

With funds the cross country program was able to raise this past June by bringing back the Montauk Mile, the Bonackers traveled to Holloway Park in Lakeland, Florida, to compete in one of the most prestigious high school invitationals in the South, and they exceeded expectations. Seeded seventh in a field of 30 schools, the Bonackers finished third, just four points behind second place Providence School. Ryan Fowkes led the way for East Hampton, winning the Small School 5K in 17:14.37. Emilio “Geo” Espinoza placed seventh in the 206-runner field in 17:42.10, and he was followed by Ethan McCormac (27th) in 18:28, Omar Leon (30th) in 18:43, Frank Bellucci (35th) in 18:50 and Robert Weiss (45th) in 19:08.

East Hampton also had a few runners in the junior varsity race. Nicolas Villante (19:50) and Henry Saar (21:01) placed ninth and 25th, respectively, to earn medals.

East Hampton head coach Kevin Barry said the 88-degree heat and humid conditions made for some tough running, but a passing shower cooled things down a bit.

East Hampton and Shoreham/Wading River, who were tied atop the League VI standings with 5-0 records, faced off for the league title on Tuesday at Sunken Meadow Park.

Information on the East Hampton girls was not provided.

Pierson/Bridgehampton

The Lady Whalers lost their home meet, 23-37, to Stony Brook at Mashashimuet Park on September 26. Penelope Greene finished second and she was followed by Caroline Jungck.

Information on the boys team was not provided.

Southampton

The Mariners had off from competition last week following a strong showing at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational at Sunken Meadow on September 23.

Billy Malone won the freshman 1.47-mile ‘A’ race in 8:08.46. Owen Koszalka (8:50.99), Santino Arnold (9:04.98) and Reece Nugent (9:44.06) all ran personal bests in the same race. Southampton placed fourth overall out of 13 teams. Artemi Gavalas and Zac Mobius each ran in the sophomore race and placed third and sixth in 18:51.80 and 19:33.90, respectively. A few of the varsity races that were supposed to take place were canceled due to the heat alert that came into effect later that day.

The Lady Mariners suffered a 25-30 loss to Mercy at Indian Island Park on September 26. Michelle Gagliardo won the race in 21:57. Evie Purcell (24:17) and Stephanie Schiavoni (28:50) were the next runners in for Southampton.

Hampton Bays

The Hampton Bays boys and girls suffered losses to Center Moriches last week. The girls lost, 23-33, on September 26. Christina Coulton and Hailey Troyan placed second and third in 23:34 and 23:57, respectively.

The boys are 0-3 so far this season, but head coach Dave Goodman is looking forward to getting a healthy Jack Sheridan back in the lineup after he pulled his hamstring at the Peconic Invitational earlier this season. Goodman said he is hoping Sheridan can crack 19:00 this week.

Goodman is also excited about up-and-coming runner JonAnthony Tarlen, who had been running with the JV team to start the season, but was expected to make his varsity debut this week. He placed third behind teammates Sheridan and Dan Dimijian in team trials last week.

Westhampton Beach

The undefeated Hurricanes (3-0) competed in a tri-meet on Tuesday at Sunken Meadow against Hauppauge, Islip and Rocky Point, and if they can sweep the meet they will win the League V title outright.

Head coach Jim Ford said the team has responded nicely since losing its top runner, Jack Ryan, to graduation. Ermel Bautista, Juan Lasso and Ryan’s younger brother, Kieran, have all stepped up, while Gavin Ehlers, Tyler Chiffo, Bryan Cruz-Sanchez and Jack Meigel have all filled out the team’s lineup nicely. Bautista placed second in the sophomore race at the Suffolk Coaches Invitational on September 23, crossing the finish line in 18:23.89.

The Lady Hurricanes are 1-2, losing its latest dual meet to Kings Park, but head coach John Broich is confident the team could turn around its season in its dual meet on Tuesday. The team took a hit when one of its top runners, Maeve Murphy, suffered an ankle injury earlier this season.

That has left the door open for a trio of freshmen—Jackie Amato, Ashley Steedman and Abigail Gobler—to step up and raise some eyebrows, Broich said.

“Those three are really the shining stars of the season so far,” he said. “We’re hoping for a strong end to the season.”

Westhampton Beach hosts its annual invitational at Red Creek Park this Thursday, October 5.

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