By Gavin Menu
Allura Leggard and Hannah Jungck, Pierson High School students who compete on the East Hampton girls track team, will have their names carved in the record books at least until next season after helping to set two new school relay records during a dual meet victory that gave the program its first winning season in 15 years.
According to head coach Yani Cuesta, the last time the program finished .500 or better was 1999. The Lady Bonackers on May 6 knocked off visiting Westhampton Beach, 79-71, to cap a 3-2-1 regular season, good for third place in League VI. The triumph over Westhampton was the third consecutive win for East Hampton, which had previously beaten Bellport and Rocky Point.
“The win against Westhampton was incredible,” said Cuesta, who is a teacher at Pierson. “All the girls worked really hard to keep improving. This couldn’t have been done without their hard work, and the work of our coaching staff. I am elated for the girls.”
Leggard, a Pierson freshman, anchored the winning 4×100-meter relay team and along with her teammates, Gabbie McKay, Amanda Calabrese and Cecilia Blowe, set a new school record of 51.67 seconds, beating the previous mark of 51.8 seconds set in 1998.
Jungck and her 4×800-meter relay teammates, Liana Paradiso, Alyssa Bahel and Dana Cebulski, improved their own school record by a remarkable 7.3 seconds, winning with a time of 10:28.5.
Cuesta was set to enter as many athletes as possible for next week’s Division Championships, which will take placer on Monday, May 21 at Connetquot High School. Entrants will need to have posted one of the top 18 times in their event to compete in the field, which will be announced today, May 15.