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Jun 12, 2018 9:17 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Marley Montague, Quinn Smith Finish Seasons At State Track Meet

Hampton Bays junior Marley Montague placed 11th in Division II, 22nd overall, in the girls pole vault upstate. LIA GARNES
Jun 12, 2018 9:17 AM

Hampton Bays junior Marley Montague and sophomore Quinn Smith competed at the New York State Track and Field Championships at Cicero/North Syracuse High School this past Friday and Saturday, and while they weren’t able to get on the podium in their respective events, they each had respectable finishes to their seasons.

Montague qualified for her third straight appearance upstate after winning the Small Schools Championship at counties last week by clearing 9 feet 6 inches, tying a personal best. She cleared 9 feet in the girls pole vault at states, which placed her 11th in Division II, 22nd overall. Hampton Bays head coach Kevin O’Toole said Montague had three great attempts at 10 feet but she could barely push the bar off in her last attempt.

It was likely Montague’s final shot at winning a state title—she is due to finish high school a semester early and will be attending Buffalo State next spring. O’Toole said last week that Montague does plan on continuing to compete in U.S.A. Track and Field’s Summer Series in hopes of matching or beating her personal best.

“Overall, she competed very well and had a great experience, finishing off a solid season,” he said.

Smith, competing in his first ever state meet, also won the Small Schools title in the boys discus at counties last week, but he battled his own nerves in addition to a competitive boys discus field upstate. He was only able to get one of six throws down without fouling; a 129-foot-2-inch throw, which placed him seventh in Division II.

Hampton Bays head coach Dave Goodman said that Smith threw more than 150 feet twice in practice on Thursday and had he been able to do that during competition he could have come home with a state title—the overall winner, Michael Gabriel of Greenwich, won the Division II title at 150 feet 10 inches.

Just so he could at least get a mark, Goodman had Smith go at about 75 percent, he said, which is when he got his throw of 129 feet 3 inches. That pushed Smith to the finals with the top eight throwers in the field, but Smith continued to let his nerves get the best of him then as well and fouled on all three of his throws and settled for a seventh-place finish as a sophomore.

“He was down on himself as he knew if he would have thrown like he did at Comsewogue [at counties] he would have medaled and been on the podium,” Goodman said. “This experience shows Quinn that he has the ability to win it all … he just needs to practice to become more consistent. I think he learned a lot this weekend. Now he is truly motivated to do the offseason work required to become state champ.”

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