By Gavin Menu; photography by Ricci Paradiso
The East Hampton girls track team, which includes a number of athletes from Pierson High School, finished eighth out of 19 teams at the Division III Championships at Connetquot High School early last week and set four new school records in the process.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Gabbie McKay, Amanda Calabrese, Cecilia Blowe and Pierson’s Allura Leggard finished second with a new school record of 51.63 seconds. Leggard, who is only a freshman, also competed in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a personal best time of 28.09 seconds.
Hannah Jungck, another Pierson athlete, finished sixth in the 2000-meter steeplechase with another school-record time of 7:48.66, shattering her previous best time by nearly 20 seconds.
“The girls did a phenomenal job,” head coach Yani Cuesta said. “Four school records broken all on the same day, very exciting.”
Jungck was also part of the team’s 4×800-meter relay, which set a school record of 9:56.36, good for third place overall. The previous record, set by the same team of Jungck, Liana Paradiso, Alyssa Bahel and Dana Cebulski back on May 6, was 10:35.8.
In addition, Jungck was part of the 4x 400-meter team, along with Wylee Musnicki, Valentina Sanchez and Sadie Ward, which set a personal best time of 4:29.23.
Amanda Calabrese, an East Hampton student, set the team’s fourth school record with a time of 16.88 seconds in the 100-meter high hurdles, good for a fourth-place finish overall.
As of Wednesday, Cuesta and the team were still awaiting word on whether any of the athletes had qualified for the New York State meet, which will take place on June 6 and 7 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.