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Jan 9, 2018 3:09 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Young Lady Canes Winter Track Team Picking Up Where Those Who Graduated Left Off

Westhampton Beach sophomore Kathleen Kelly won the high jump at Saturday's meet, reaching 4 feet 10 inches.  DREW BUDD DREW BUDD
Jan 9, 2018 4:30 PM

The more things change the more they stay the same.

The Westhampton Beach girls indoor track team is young after graduating a number of athletes last season, including one of the most decorated to ever come through the program in Sarena Choi, who is now at Kent State, but the current athletes are looking to keep the program as one of the top in the county.

The perennially strong 4x400-meter relay team has continued its success, even though Kayla Berman is now the lone holdover from previous years. Maeve Murphy, Maureen Duffy and Julia Smith now make up the team, which recently won a gold medal at the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games on Saturday. They crossed the finish line in 4:02.84 and beat a number of strong teams from across the region.

Westhampton Beach head coach John Broich said the win was impressive given the fact that Smith had been sick the past few weeks and was still not 100 percent for the race. He said his top 4x4 team is ranked third in the state and that the team currently has two of the top 12 4x4 teams in the county. The top 12 reach the state qualifier in February.

Sydnie Mason was the only other competitor at the Freedom Games for the Lady Canes. She competed in the pole vault and placed 11th, clearing 9 feet. The rest of the Lady Hurricanes competed in a crossover at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday. Kathleen Kelly won the high jump by clearing 4 feet 10 inches and she also won the triple jump, leaping 31 feet 11½ inches. Natalie Ehlers won the 1,500-meter racewalk in 7:58.67, the only walker to finish under 8:00.

Jackie Amato won the 1,500-meter race in 5:11.15. She also placed third in the 600-meter run in 1:52.13. Ashley Steedman placed third in the 1,500 in 5:17.82 and third in the 1,000-meter race in 3:27.81. Broich said that Amato, Steedman and Abigail Gobler make up a formidable 4x800-meter relay team—the fourth spot is filled by various runners—but they haven’t been able to run together since Gobler has been out with various ailments. He expects them to get together at some point this season.

Information on the boys team was not provided.

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