Patch would like to thank Bayport-Blue Point Field & Track Coach Vin Ungaro for providing this article and the photo.
This past weekend, the Bayport-Blue Point Boys and Girls Track and Field teams both won their respective League V Championships at Suffolk Community College.
The weekend had both teams start off the day with the early session at SCCC which began at 9 a.m. Both teams entered an empty field house poised to compete at the highest level despite the recent snow covering up the track and icing over the shot put circle at the high school.
The girls competed on Saturday morning and won with a score of 174 points.
To give the score proper perspective, Shoreham Wading River took second place with 83 points and Southampton third with 48 points.
With 10n teams competing, the girls scored over 38 percent of all points awarded that day.
On Sunday, the boys had more of a dog fight with several other teams as Amityville, Port Jefferson and Shoreham Wading River always battle for the top spot in League V. By the time the dust settled at the conclusion of the 4x800 meter relay, the Bayport-Blue Point Boys had scored 128 points; seventeen ahead of second place Amityville. What is more impressive about the seventeen point win is that going into the last event BBP was down by a point to Amityville but managed to have both 4x8 relay teams score first and second in the event scoring a combined eighteen points.
For only the 3rd time in BBP history, the boys team won their league championship. The victory was a product of hard work, dedication, and a complete team effort. Harry Martin was a three event league champion. He won the 55m dash and the 600m run and he was a key runner on the first place 4x800m relay. David Gandolfo upset the league taking a huge second place in the 300m run. Bailey Imbo had a tough triple running the hurdles into the 600m into the hurdle finals scoring in both. He was also a key member of the first place 4x800m relay.
Beau Kraft, Dan Percival, and Chris Stelling captured 18 points in the shot put with personal best throws of over 44 feet. Jack flood won the high jump, placed in the 600m run, and was a key leg in the 4x400m relay. John Ant-tonacci ran a tough triple placing 2nd in the 1000m only by a few nano seconds, he scored in the 1600m run, and was a leg on the first place 4x800m relay. Adam LaFemina scored in the 3200m, 1600m, and was a member of the first place 4x800m relay. Bobo Vetri scored in the 1000m, 1600m, and the second place 4x800m relay team. Everyone on the team contributed in some way whether it was point scoring, scouting, or coaching other teammates.
The girls team showed tremendous depth by beating Shoreham Wading River. Anytime a team is able to score over a hundred points, it shows the strength of a team lies not with one or two superstars, but by a wide range of talent possessed by all of those competing.
The team was led by Bailey Walker and Casey Hasher. Between the two runners, the team scored 56 points. Walker won the Triple Jump, Long Jump and 55 meter hurdles. Hasher was second place in both the hurdles and 300 meter dash and also anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay team.
Courtney Dooley, Kathleen Cibuls and Dariya Dolan also scored in three different events. Walker and Cibuls were league championships in individual events while Katie Saroka, Rebecca Muschio, Brooke Kreuscher, Casey Hasher, Brianna Delzell, Taylor Darby, Annie Caminiti and Courtney Dooley were league champions on the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays.
The meet started off with BBP taking third, fourth and fifth in the 3000 meter run followed by first, second and third in the triple jump. Next up was a great performance by Stephanie Silver in the 55 meter dash, an event she rarely runs. Steph managed to make the finals of the event (meaning she can now score points as she was one of the six fastest girls) and edged out a SWR runner to take 5th place.
In the 1000 meter run, Taylor Darby and Annie Caminiti came in third and fourth respectively keeping the points rolling in and pressure on all the other teams to try to catch up. At this point, the shot put scores came in with BBP’s young throwers scoring eight points. As mentioned earlier, Walker and Hasher went first and second in the hurdles, but the real surprise was freshman Lindsey McGovern making finals and then coming in fourth place. Out of the six hurdlers in finals, Lindsey was the only one who was not a senior!
Sam Triani and Rebecca Muschio then placed fourth and sixth in the 600 meter dash respectively. After a fifth place finish in the 3000 meter run, Courtney Dooley came back and took second in the 1500 m run. Again though, BBP shocked the league by having Nicole Mason and Emily Geraci taking fourth and fifth. By this point in the meet, Kathleen Cibuls had already won the high jump and was warming up for long jump. As the long jumpers were busy taking first third and fifth place, Casey Hasher and Brooke Kreuscher took 2nd and 6th respectively in the 300 meter dash. Rachel Steinmuller took second place in the grueling 1500 meter racewalk and set up freshman Mary Kate Kaplan to take fourth in the same event setting a fifteen second personal record in the process. The relays were the last three events and BBP was expecting to take first in both the 4x400 and 4x800 meter events. Both did not disappoint and won easily. The real surprise was the 4x200 meter team of Steph Silver, Dariya Dolan, Sam Triani and Hannah Giannico coming in second place. This was a meet and championship to remember for all those involved! The girls team has now won three winter track and field league championships in a row and have won eight straight league championships between cross country, winter track and spring track.
Next up for both teams are the Small School County Championships this upcoming weekend.