The Huntington spring girls’ track and field team went into the Suffolk Division II championships on Tuesday at Half Hollow Hills West with a goal of winning as many medals as possible and the Blue Devils accomplished what they set out to do.
While Huntington wasn’t at full strength due to injuries, the team saw its athletes turn in many fine performances, including several first place finishes and many others in the top four.
Analisse Batista captured three gold medals at the Suffolk Division II Championships.
The Blue Devils captured third place overall in a field of 13 high schools. Huntington’s 68.33 points trailed only Connetquot (96) and West Babylon (83). Half Hollow Hills East (66.33), Smithtown East (56), Deer Park (55), Smithtown West (50), Northport (44), North Babylon (41.33), Copiague (18), Comsewogue (15), Eastport-South Manor (15) and Bellport (12) rounded out the team standings.
Analisse Batista led the Blue Devils with first place finishes in the 200m (25.63 seconds) and 400m (56.92 seconds) dashes. Olivia Conte was third in the 200m in 26.30 seconds and Brianna Halbeisen (1:01.43) and Elizabeth James (1:02.24) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 400m.
Huntington also claimed victory in the 4x400m relay powered by Batista, Halbeisen, James and O’Rourke, who circled the track four times in 4:06.11.
Conte raced to a second place finish in the 100m hurdles in 15.28 seconds; one-tenth off the winning time. Conte also captured second place in high jump with a leap of 5-feet.
O’Rourke finished fourth in the 400m hurdles in 1:10.05.
“Our kids did a great job and we are really very proud of them,” head coach Eddie Santos said. “Our training has paid off with some excellent performances.”
In other action:
• Erin Ye placed fourth in race walk in a time of 8:26.78.
• Junie Nosile placed fifth in shot put (31-08.25 feet) and sixth in discus (87-11 feet).
• Alana Wallace finished ninth in discus with a throw of 78-06 feet.
• Megan Donaghy was ninth in the 800m run in 2:31.31.
• Valerie Rogel was tenth in the 3000m run in 11:25.36.
• Talia Addeo finished 12th in race walk in 9:52.00.