This past weekend the Sachem East Boys track team participated in the St. Anthony’s Invitational in South Huntington.
Coming off a Senior Night victory over Lindenhurst on Thursday night, the Arrows were determined to compete well in this important meet. And, compete well they did.
Starting out on Friday night, two young intermediate hurdlers blazed through the barriers to post outstanding times. Utsav Desphande finished in a time of 61.00 and Trevor Guerrera was close on his heels at 61.19. This now moves Utsav into the number 1 ranking for freshmen 400 hurdlers in Suffolk County, while Trevor is now ranked number 3 among sophomore competitors.
In the discus “Big” Patrick Bradley tossed his way to an 8th place finish. Not to be outdone some of the other younger competitors spent their Saturday morning tearing up the St. Anthony’s track as well. The sophomore 4 x 100 relay team of Sam Bresloff, Ryan Young, Joe Battaglia and Connor Nee zipped over the 400 meters to finish in 3rd place.
Following on their heels the freshmen quartet of Tyler Stensland, Anthony Needleman, Steven Stahlbush and Ryan Leone blazed through their 4 x 100 to a 4th place finish. While all that running was taking place Tom Teufel was getting his wings flapping by setting a new personal best in the pole vault at 11 feet. This was good enough for 4th place.
As the younger competitors finished up their day the veterans arrived (Many after taking the SAT test that morning). Looking smart as they began their competitive day, Miles Graves and Ian Atkinson tore through the 110 meter high hurdles in fine fashion. Following on their success, Ryan Welwood (11.6) ran to a 10th place finish in the 100 meter dash.
Ryan was followed closely by his teammate Ryan Leone who zipped through the 100 meters in 11.9 seconds. In the 1600 meter run Ryan Scarpelli came out determined to make up for not being included in the first heat as he established a new school record in the event by running a 4:20.69 time. This broke the existing record by 3 seconds. This also gave him a 3rd place finish in an outstanding field.
Scarpelli’s finish encouraged his buddies Zack Patsy and Franklin Perez to go out and run aggressively in the 3200 meter race where they both set personal bests. Patsy ran a 9:52 and Perez came in at 10:27.
The Arrow harriers continued to produce outstanding efforts as Morgan Genoino turned on the jets by running a 23.21 200 meters with teammate Ryan Welwood on his heels at 23.84. Morgan’s time was good for 8th place and Welwood’s for 17th .
In the final race of this two day marathon event the speed guys took to the track in the 4 x 100 relay. This unit of Miles Graves, Ryan Welwood, Ryan Leone and Morgan Genoino established a new school record with a time of 45.20; Good for a solid 10th place finish in a loaded field.
Next up for the Arrows is a big showdown with the Ward Melville Patriots on Tuesday up in Setauket.
Article courtesy of John Horst, head coach of East boys track
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