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Jun 5, 2018 11:27 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Baymen Smith, Montague Qualify For Track States

Hampton Bays sophomore Quinn Smith placed 11th overall in the county in the shot put, but Smith was able to qualify for states in the discus. DREW BUDD
Jun 5, 2018 11:59 AM

A pair of Hampton Bays athletes qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championships after winning the Small Schools titles in their respective events at the Section XI Championships, known as the state qualifier, this past weekend at Comsewogue High School.

Quinn Smith was the top discus thrower among boys in the small schools division, fourth overall, throwing a personal best of 145 feet 3 inches to become All-County and qualify for the state meet, which is this Friday and Saturday at Cicero/North Syracuse High School. It will be the first time the sophomore will appear at the state level. Marley Montague, on the other hand, will make her third consecutive appearance at states after winning the small schools title in the girls pole vault. She cleared 9 feet 6 inches, which tied her for seventh overall in the county with Longwood senior Claire Lenahan.

Hampton Bays boys head coach Dave Goodman said Smith’s achievement was “unbelievable” due to the fact that he was seeded 11th going into the meet and second in small schools. Shoreham/Wading River senior Matthew Rose was seeded ahead of Smith, having thrown over 146 feet, but he fouled on all three of his attempts leaving the door open for Smith.

“Showing up at state quals and finishing fourth is quite an accomplishment,” Goodman said. “I will not be surprised if Quinn throws [in the] 150’s at states. He is just a beginner that is starting to figure it out. I am so proud of him.”

Hampton Bays girls head coach Kevin O’Toole said that while Montague hasn’t reached or surpassed her personal best height of 10 feet yet this season, she has become more consistent in her junior year, having reached 9 or 9 feet 6 inches in every meet this season. This weekend will most likely be Montague’s final shot at medaling at the state meet—she is due to finish high school a semester early and will be attending Buffalo State next spring. O’Toole said she does plan on continuing to compete in the USATF Summer Series in hopes of matching or beating her personal best.

Smith also competed in the shot put at the state qualifier. He threw 45 feet 1½ inches to place 11th overall in the county. Milan Moraga competed in both the long and triple jumps. He finished 18th in the long jump (19 feet 5 inches) and 19th in the triple jump (41 feet ¼ inch). Rachel Reycroft competed in the girls 200-meter dash and finished 19th in the county in 27.78 seconds.

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