Fowkes Wins County 1,000

A 2:34.75 at the small schools race
Ryan Fowkes, at right, and Matt Maya after the county’s small schools meet Sunday with their coach, Ben Turnbull. Jennifer Fowkes

Ryan Fowkes topped the county’s 47-man 1,000-meter field Sunday in winning the small schools race in 2 minutes and 34.75 seconds, breaking the school record that he had held and, as a result of bettering the 2:35.24 cutoff time, earning the senior a trip to the state meet should he finish in the top three at the state qualifier meet Monday.

“It was a personal best for him,” said Fowkes’s coach, Ben Turnbull, in reporting “the good news.” Matt Maya, another East Hampton senior, by finishing fourth in the 55-meter high hurdle prelims in 37.91 seconds, earned a berth in the finals, but was prevented by illness from competing.

As for East Hampton’s girls, Yani Cuesta, their coach, said Ava Engstrom had won a point by finishing sixth in the small schools 3,000-meter race, and that Mimi Fowkes had earned a point by finishing sixth in the 1,500-meter racewalk. Juliana Barahona, Grace Brosnan, JiJi Kramer, Lillie Minskoff, Penelope Greene, and Bella Espinoza also competed for the Bonackers.