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Jan 9, 2018 3:01 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Indoor Track Teams Show Promise

Jan 9, 2018 3:11 PM

Hampton Bays head coach Dave Goodman is excited about the future of the boys winter track team, the program he started just a year ago.

With now 32 athletes, Goodman said this season’s team has great senior leadership mixed with some extremely talented youth. Captains this season include seniors Jack Sheridan, Patrick Gilbert and Conor Fleming, and junior Thomas O’Connell.

“These are four honor students that get it done academically as well as athletically,” Goodman said. “These guys work hard every day and are excellent role models for the younger, sometimes more talented athletes.”

Sheridan is the team’s current top long-distance runner, having set a personal best in the 3,200-meter race at 10:41.19, which Goodman said is most likely good enough to qualify him for the divisional meet. Gilbert competes in the 55-meter dash and is part of the 4x200-meter relay team, while Fleming competes in the 1,000-meter race. O’Connell competes in the triple jump, 300-meter dash, and is a runner on all three of the relay teams for the Baymen, and Goodman is expecting him to compete in the maximum three events at divisionals.

Milan Moraga, David Madison and Diego Vivar are all sophomores who Goodman said are looking to medal at the Freshman/Sophomore Championships on January 17. Moraga won the long and triple jumps at the Freshman Championships last season. According to Goodman, he is in the top five among sophomores in the county in those events.

Darwin Fernandez is putting up some of the top marks and times in the state among freshmen. As of last week, his top mark in the long jump (19 feet 1½ inches) ranked him first in the state among freshmen, and he ranked third in the state in the triple jump (37 feet 11½ inches). Fernandez is also one of the Baymen’s fastest sprinters, holding a team best in the 55-meter dash and the second-best time among freshman in the county in the 300-meter dash. Fernandez, fellow freshman Johnny Gonzales, Madison and Vivar teamed up to win bronze medals at the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival back on December 30.

Goodman brought up a pair of eighth-graders to varsity this winter in Luca Villano and Arents Hansen. Villano runs the 1,600-meter race while Hansen runs the 3,200-meter race and both are expected to be the future of the Baymen distance runners. Last season the Baymen didn’t have a runner break 14:00 in the 3,200 during the spring. Hansen completed his first varsity race in 12:06 this season, followed up with an 11:58 and has gotten his time down to 11:06.67.

Girls

The Hampton Bays girls indoor track team is being led by its strong returning group of upperclassmen this season.

Senior Colette Levine has been consistently throwing over 30 feet in the shot put, and head coach Kevin O’Toole expects her success to carry into the league championships and state qualifier. O’Toole said junior Nicole Akten is having her best season yet with personal bests in the 300-meter dash (47.39 seconds) and 600-meter run (1:54.22). Junior Marley Montague, who qualified for states last spring in the pole vault, hasn’t had too many opportunities to compete in her top event this winter, since the pole vault isn’t included in events at regular crossover meets, but O’Toole said she will have some opportunities to improve her seed in upcoming meets and expects her to see postseason competition. Sarah Fassino and Rachel Reycroft, both juniors, are the Lady Baymen’s returning triple jumpers and both are looking to top 30 feet as the season rolls on.

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