May 24, 2006
EH Girls Track Team Gains Experience
"We have a young, hardworking team and we really try to foster a sense of camaraderie," said East Hampton girls track and field coach Diane O'Donnell. "We help each other out. Everybody appreciates everyone's efforts. They all support each other and it's a very nice group to be around."
The Lady Bonackers recently competed in a team meet against Huntington at East Hampton High School and although they lost 90-51, the team did see several of its athletes excel in specific areas.
Most notable were the performances of freshman Emily Hren and junior Tiffany Lamprecht, who both placed first in their respective events. Hren placed among the top 10 in New York State this past winter in the high jump and she continued to move closer to setting the school record on May 16, topping out at five-feet, one-inch. She's already jumped a five-two this season. The East Hampton record for a female athlete is five-three.
"She's been chasing the school record this season and she's been really close," O'Donnell said. "She may get there by the end of the season."
Lamprecht scored a second place in the triple jump event with a jump of 32 feet and one and three quarter inches and also placed third in the long jump (13 feet, six inches).
Sophomore Vicky Gholson placed first in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, six inches and also placed third in discus while the Lady Bonackers sprinters continued to improve. Junior Candice Ceslow won the 100 and 200 meter events and Shannon Murphy placed second in both events. Junior Mary Fromm added to East Hampton's excitement by winning the 3000 meter event.
"The team just keeps getting stronger every year," said O'Donnell. "This season they've been a lot more competitive. I think next year is going to be a real good year for us."
The Lady Bonackers showed a glimpse of their true potential back on April 19 with a convincing 76-65 team meet win over Harborfields as East Hampton, the smallest team in the league with only 33 athletes, flat out dominated several of the events.
Lamprecht, whom O'Donnell calls "one of the team's strongest scorers," took first in the triple jump and also placed second in the discus throw while Hren won the high jump with a jump of five feet. Fromm won the 1500 and the 3000 events and race-walkers Thea Warren, Hyatt Tortorella, and Amanda Rivera finished first through third, sweeping the event.
Murphy won the 200 meters event and placed second in the 100 and Ceslow took a second in the 200 and a third in the 100 meters. Daria Pujols placed third in the 100 meter hurdles, Dea Griffin placed second in the 400 and Gilly Salter placed third. Casey Stern also had several strong finishes. East Hampton placed first in all of its relays.
"It was a good meet and it came down to the relays," O'Donnell said. "It was very close and either team could have won at that point. We have four more meets left this season and the team continues to work hard and improve.
"We're in a very competitive league [with county champion Sayville and the addition of Smithtown East] and sometimes competing against the big schools can get a little intimidating, but the girls perform well and they welcome the challenge."