In the second and last day of the meet, the Sachem East and North girls varsity track teams came out with strong performances at the Suffolk County Division Championships at Connetquot High School.
North's Carly Swinford took first place in the high jump with a jump at 5 feet. Her teammate Kristie Michta took second in the event. Also scoring second in events were North's Jessica Heymach in the pole vault at 8'6", East's Alyssa Genduso in the 200-meter dash at 26.15 seconds, East's Kelly Maranchuck in the 1,500-meter racewalk at 7:08.5 and Brittany Christansen, also from East, in the shot put with a throw at 39'7".
Scoring third in events for East were Rachel Paul in the 1,500-run at 4:38.28, Essence Sterling in the 200-meter dash at 26.46 seconds, Genduso in the long jump and 100-meter dash (jumping 16'9.5" and sprinting in 12.71 seconds) and the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams.
Amanda Catherall also placed third in the 1,500-meter racewalk with a time of 7:19.22. Less than a second behind her was her teammate Alyssa Furlani in fourth place at 7:19.99. North's Katie Michta walked in 7:26.87 and placed fifth and East's Holly Lindoe raced in 7:29.69, placing sixth. Also competing in the racewalk were North's D'Ashley Landry at 7:44.32 and East's Sarah LaPorta at 8:08.41.
In the shot put, East's Brittany Sepe placed fourth, throwing 36'5". Diamond Jackson threw 34'10" and placed sixth and Gabby Trejo threw 33'11", placing eighth.
Other performances include Meghan Walsh from East and Kayla Catalado from North in the 400-meter hurdle run finals, placing fifth and sixth respectively. East's Laurie Semetsis placed fourth in the 400-meter dash finals, running it in 61.61 seconds, and Sterling placed fifth in the 100-meter dash at 12.89 seconds. Kristen Chiovari and Amanda Zaput, both from East, placed fourth in the pole vault, North's Jodi Desz placed seventh and East's Stephanie Curtin placed ninth. East's Shannon O'Hehir won the unseeded 1,500-meter run.
East's Ebonie Lewis placed fifth in the long jump. North's Keira Wood and Kelly Lavan placed eighth and tenth in the 1,500-meter run. East's 4x800-meter relay team placed fifth and North's 4x400- and 4x800-meter relays teams placed sixth. Melanie Notarstefano placed sixth for East in the 2,000-meter steeplechase and Krystle Grygo also competed in the event for East.
In the end, East scored a total of 110.6 points and North scored 40. Both teams were incredibly happy with the results.
"Girls had a really nice couple of days here," said North's coach Alex Young. He said they all stepped up, especially the younger girls. North's team will now focus on the Section XI New York State Qualifier meet, which takes place next month. Young said the team is hoping to place its relays in the meet.
East's coach Dan Schaub said he was happy that the girls brought Tuesday's energy to the meet.
"It was an outstanding performance," he said. "When you look at [scores of] 128 [Bayshore], 115 [Northport] and 110.6, how can you be disappointed?"
East will also focus on training for next month's State Qualifier.