Eastport South Manor’s Tom Meehan continues to improve this season and he’s rewriting the history books while he’s at it.
Meehan broke the all-time record in the 1,600-meter race at the Small Schools Championship on Saturday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, finishing first in 4:25, according to ESM head coach Brian Methven. The previous record and record-holder were not immediately known, though Methven said on Wednesday that Meehan now holds the new record.
Meehan, a junior, now advances to the Section XI Championships, otherwise known as the state qualifier, that will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday back in Brentwood. He’s also been invited to run the mile at the Millrose Games on Saturday, February 16, at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City.
ESM did well overall as a team, finishing in sixth place with 28 points on Saturday. Amityville won the Small Schools title with 75 total points.
ESM’s 4x800-meter relay team also took first place, finishing in 8:32. Meehan was joined by Dan Tapia, Gary Murano and Will Henderson. The 4x400-meter relay team of Mike Marone, Patrick Kenneally, Luke Lafferty and Dave Laguerra finished third in 3:39.
The seeding meeting to determine who will participate in the state qualifier was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. But Methven said he is confident that Meehan and both relay teams will be at the state qualifier on Sunday.
The Lady Sharks should be represented by freshman Alex DeCicco and their 4x800-meter relay team at this Sunday’s Section XI Championships in Brentwood.
DeCicco placed third overall in the 1,500-meter race in 4:57.38 at the Small Schools Championships this past Sunday in Brentwood. The 4x800-meter relay team of Marissa Mazoni, Nicole Schafer, Rebecca Tooker and Jackie Wasilko placed second overall in 9:57.47.
ESM placed 15th overall with 14 points. Miller Place won the Small Schools Championship with 80 points.
Westhampton Beach Boys
The 4x800-meter relay team of Greg Horbatiuk, Alex Atwater, Graham Brown and Greg Hulbert took the highest placement for the Hurricanes at the Small Schools Championship on Sunday in Brentwood. The quartet placed third in 8:37.46, a season-best time.
Peter Ferrebee placed sixth overall in the 55-meter high hurdles in 8:44. Alex Atwater did not place in the 600-meter race, but still finished in a personal best time of 1:27.4.
The Hurricanes placed 14th out of 19 schools at the meet with 11 points.
Westhampton Beach Girls
Annica Penn, as expected, won the 1,500-meter race walk in 6:45.91 at the Small Schools Championship on Sunday in Brentwood. She will be walking at the state qualifier this Sunday on the same campus.
Sabrina Mason placed sixth in the race walk in 7:48.19, and Lauren Lorefice took fourth in the 300-meter dash in 44.38 seconds.
The 4x800-meter relay team of Penn, Stephanie Vickers, Nora Murphy and Brianna Moore placed sixth in 10:48.
Overall, the Lady Hurricanes finished 13th out of 21 schools with 16 points.
Hampton Bays Girls
Shanna Heaney placed third overall in the 1,000-meter race on Sunday at the Small Schools Championship in Brentwood. She finished in 2:59.35 and should return to the same campus on Sunday for the state qualifier.
Heaney’s six points for placing third gave the Lady Baymen a 17th place finish out of 21 schools. She also ran in the 600-meter race and placed 18th overall in 1:50.