The Huntington girls’ track and field team was sharp at the Westhampton Beach Invitational. The Blue Devils are gathering momentum for the divisional and county championships later this month.
“The weather was great and so were the results,” said Shawn Anderson, Huntington’s head coach. The Blue Devils covered all the events and notched many season and personal bests.
Keily Rivas won the novice division of the 1500m run, recording a personal best of 5:10.25. “She was aggressive from the start and ran a great race, making a huge move for first on the last lap,” Anderson said. The sophomore’s times was 16 seconds faster than her previous best in the event.
Rivas came back to set a new Blue Devil record in the 1500m race-walk, crossing the finish line second in 7:27.87. “She pushed aggressively,” Anderson said. “She had a fantastic day, as she was a part of the 4x4 relay, too, going under 70 seconds for the first time.”
Erika Varady emerged from a rough patch of meets and turned in a fine time of 7:41.47 to place fifth in the 1500m race-walk. The sophomore was the previous school record holder in the event with a time of 7:31.29.
In other action for the Blue Devils:
Shot put: Jolena Smith tossed a huge personal best of 32-11 feet, which placed her sixth.
Discus: Smith again took sixth with a throw of 93-08 feet.
Pole vault: Alexandra McKenzie tied for fourth by clearing 8-06 feet, which is a season and outdoor best in the event for the teenager.
High jump: Anna Gulizio placing fourth with a leap of 4-10 feet.
400m: McKenzie had a three second personal best, running 65.58 seconds to win her heat.
100m: Eve Combs who won her heat in a time of 14.65 seconds.
200m: Gulizio notched a new best of 27.47 seconds to win her heat.
800m: Sophie Dellecave won the novice section with a big move on the home stretch, crossing the finish line in 2:33.06. Marina Ruzic took sixth in the open section with a time of 2:29.01. Colette Baron also won her novice section in 2:49.
3000m: Niamh Condon ran 12:21 to take second in the novice section. In the open division, Nicole Abbondandelo turned in a strong performance, recording a season best time of 10:45.32.
4x100m relay: Mardnie Mentor, Eve Combs, Anna Gulizio, and Marina Ruzic ran a season best time of 53.40 seconds.