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Another Meet, Another Mark for Penelope Greene

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 13:06
The Bonac track team's "distance crew," from left, Penelope Greene, Dylan Cashin, Bella Tarbet, Ava Engstrom, and Emma Hren, on May 26, the last home meet of the season.
Julie Greene

Another meet, another record for Penelope Greene, who broke her own mark in the 3,000-meter race by 22 seconds on May 26 at home against Miller Place.     

Six days before, the Pierson senior, who is to run for the State University at Geneseo come the fall, and is running for East Hampton High's girls track team this spring, broke the 1,500 record that Dana Cebulski had set here in 2013.     

Greene ran her school record time of 10 minutes and 24.5 seconds in finishing as the 3,000 runner-up to Miller Place's Sierra Gray, who led the entire way, with Greene running off her shoulder.     

"Sierra kicked it in in the last lap," Yani Cuesta, who coaches East Hampton's girls team, said afterward. "Sierra's time was 10:20.9, Penelope's was 10:24.5, so she wasn't far behind."   

It was good that East Hampton's distance runners were pushed by their Miller Place peers, Cuesta said. Greene often finds herself running by herself in the 3,000.     

Danielle Cirrito, a Miller Place junior, won the 1,500 in similar fashion, outkicking Dylan Cashin in the last lap, though, in contrast, Cirrito let Cashin do all the work, shadowing the East Hampton ninth grader until the last lap began.     

Cashin went out early in the 800 too, but wound up finishing third, in 2:42.8, behind Cirrito, the winner, and her senior teammate Ava Engstrom, who was the runner-up in 2:41.5, a season best for her. "She's very young," Cuesta said of Cashin. "She'll learn."     

Speaking of season bests, there were three recorded by Bonac runners that day, as well as 13 personal records, leading Cuesta to say that "as a coach that's what you want to see. I couldn't ask for anything more. The nice thing is that in track you're always racing the clock, bettering your measure. You don't have to be the best of the best; you can always improve. You're always racing the clock."     

Miller Place won the meet 80-69, dropping East Hampton to 1-3 for the season, but Cuesta was more than content with the result. "Actually, I was ecstatic given the fact that more than half of our girls are new to the sport."     

East Hampton had a quadruple-winner in Meredith Spolarich, a Pierson sophomore who won the 400 in a personal record 64.9 seconds, won the high jump, won the discus, and anchored the 4-by-400 relay team, which ran unopposed.     

Leslie Samuel, a Bridgehampton sophomore, won the long jump in 15 feet 8 1/2 inches, a leap that as of Friday ranked her sixth in Division III. Samuel also won the 100-meter dash in 13.9 seconds, and was the runner-up in the 200 in 29.5.     

Bella Tarbet, who may compete in the pentathlon in postseason meets, was the runner-up in the 100-meter high hurdles, placed third in the 400 intermediate hurdles, ran with the 4-by-400 relay team, and, in her first try, long-jumped 13 feet 1 inch.     

Bella Espinoza won the pole vault, clearing 9 feet 6 inches. Casey Stumpf, whom Espinoza has been mentoring, placed second, clearing 7-6, the event's entry level height for the first time in competition. Stumpf also placed third in the triple jump, with a hop, skip, and leap that totaled 25 feet 6 inches.     

Penelope Greene was one of the top two countywide in the 3,000 as of Friday.

Looking ahead to the Division III meet, which is to be held Wednesday at East Islip High School, Cuesta said that, as of Friday, Greene was ranked second to Gray in the 1,500 and 3,000, and that Cashin and Engstrom were ranked seventh and 11th in the 1,500. (The top 12 competitors in each event get to compete at the division meet.)     

Gray and Greene, moreover, were the top two countywide in the 3,000 as of Friday.   

Additionally, Greene was eighth-ranked in the division in the 800, the 4-by-8 relay was fifth, the 4-by-4 was seventh, the 4-by-1 was 12th, Spolarich was fifth in the high jump and 13th in the 400, Espinoza was second and Stumpf 11th in the pole vault, Tarbet was 13th in the 400 hurdles and 14th in the shot-put, and Cashin was ranked 15th in the 800.        

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