All of the conditions were right for Eastport South Manor senior Adam Malone on Saturday at the Westhampton Beach Invitational. It was cool, but sunny, he felt great physically and was comfortable being close to his hometown of Speonk.
All those factors contributed to Malone winning the triple jump with a mark of 46 feet 2 ½ inches, which is currently tops in all of Suffolk County. He also shattered his own school record, which stood at 44 feet 3 inches and was set earlier this season.
And Malone was also the first in the county to beat the state qualifying standard of 45 feet 9 inches, though he is not guaranteed a spot at states just yet. He has to compete at the Section XI Championships on June 1 and 2 at Port Jefferson High School and place in the top four to receive an automatic bid, according to ESM head coach Brian Methven, who described Malone’s jump on Saturday as “mind-boggling.”
While he isn’t a lock for states, Malone’s chances for making the meet are very good and he said he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“It would be my first time going to states,” he said. “I was trying to make it this past winter but I fell short, so that really gave me the motivation and I felt like I had to do it this spring. I’ve worked hard in practice—everything ended up the right way.”
Malone said his goal was to jump 45 feet by the end of the season, so he was a bit surprised at how well he was jumping this past weekend.
“When my first jump was 44 feet 9 inches, I kind of knew it was going to be a good day,” he said. “That first jump motivated me to do even better. And coming from Speonk, everybody was watching and everything was just perfect. I never thought I’d get over 45 feet this early.”
Malone, who will be on the track team at Ithaca College this time next year, also placed in the top 10 in the 400-meter dash on Saturday. He placed ninth in 54.06 seconds.
ESM, as a team, did well at the Westhampton Beach Invitational. Seventh-grader Ryan Corbett won the novice 1,600-meter race in 5:09.29 and sophomore Tommy Meehan placed fourth in the 3,200-meter race in 9:43.83. Freshman Robert Gerstacker placed fifth in the novice 400-meter dash in 69.28 seconds and fellow freshman Tyler Brandow placed seventh in 70.74 seconds.
ESM junior Mike Marone placed sixth overall in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 1 inch. Freshman Tom Biasetti placed seventh in the novice 200-meter dash in 28.93 seconds. Sophomores Josh Rubin and Jacob Vanlandingham finished in the top 10 in the novice 800-meter run; Rubin placed ninth in 2:26.11 while Vanlandingham took 10th in 2:26.76.
ESM (2-1) did lose its first dual meet on April 23 at Huntington, 86-45. Methven said he rested many of his top performers. Huntington, along with Bellport, are undefeated in League V. ESM’s meet that was scheduled for last Thursday, April 26, with Bellport was canceled, and a makeup date has not yet been announced.
ESM had a dual meet at Islip on Wednesday and will compete at the St. Anthony’s Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Sharks track team had a busy week. After a dual meet at Bellport on April 24, ESM attended the Penn Relays at the University of Penn last Thursday, April 26, and then the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday.
ESM (1-3) brought two relay teams to the Penn Relays. The 4x800-meter relay team was one of 35 small school teams in the country to qualify for the race. Seeded last, the quartet of Nicole Schafer, Briana Hayes, Erin Connolly and Marisa Mazzoni finished 64th overall out of 70 teams in a season’s best 9:49.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Alex Connors, Gabby Harrigan, Shannon Ryan and Connolly finished in 57.66 seconds, also a season’s best.
“It was an amazing experience and great exposure for the school,” ESM head coach James Lever said of the Penn Relays. “It was an honor for our 4x8 team to even get into the meet.”
At the Westhampton Beach Invitational, ESM had a number of girls place in the top 10 in several events. Alex DeCicco won the 800-meter freshman race in 2:29.59 and Sarah Butkos placed 10th in 2:40.64. Laura Diehl placed third in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet 6 ¼ inches and fourth in the discus with a throw of 98 feet 9 inches. Melissa Grella finished fifth in the 800-meter novice race in 2:41.64 and Betsy Spellman finished sixth in the 1,500-meter novice race in 5:34.04.
The Lady Sharks lost, 96-56, at Bellport on April 24. Additional information on the meet was not provided.
ESM hosted Islip in a dual meet on Wednesday.