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Oct 16, 2019 5:35 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Boys Cross Country Wins Third Consecutive League Title And Manhattan Invitational

The Westhampton Beach boys cross country has won the St. Anthony's and Manhattan Invitationals this season and on Tuesday added a league title to their collection.
Oct 21, 2019 5:42 PM

The Westhampton Beach boys cross country team came into the season as a state-ranked team — and has demonstrated why in recent meets.


The Hurricanes, most recently, won their third consecutive League VI title on October 15 by defeating Sayville, 18-37, and Mount Sinai, 15-40, in what was their final dual meet of the season at Sunken Meadow Park in Kings Park. The ’Canes have won 18-straight dual meets, dating back to 2016.

Westhampton Beach swept the first four placements of last week’s meet, with Gavin Ehlers winning it all in 14:52. He was followed closely by Ermel Bautista (14:52), Kieran Ryan (14:57) and Max Haynia (15:03). Sean Jordan placed eighth overall in 15:30, David Alvarado placed 11th in 15:59 and Bryan Cruz-Sanchez finished 18th in 16:41.

The ’Canes also won one of the bigger cross country meets in the region this on October 12, the Manhattan College Invitational. Four ’Canes finished in the top 10 of the varsity ‘G’ 2.5-mile race, with Ehlers winning it all in 13:03. Bautista placed fourth in 13:31, Haynia finished sixth in 13:37 and Kieran Ryan placed ninth in 13:44. Westhampton Beach finished 53 points ahead of second-place Brighton, and has now won two big meets on the season, having also won the St. Anthony’s Invitational on October 4.

“I’m satisfied with our progress thus far,” first-year head coach Jack Ryan said. “We are right where we want to be at this point, and our top five have really executed well in the last two races. At this point, we’re focusing all of our attention toward the Section XI Division Championships on October 29.”

Westhampton Beach competed in the Brown University Northeast Championships on Saturday. Max Haynia placed second in the freshman 4K in 13:07, which is the second fastest time in meet history, according to Coach Ryan. Ehlers placed second in the varsity 5K in 15:30 and was one of three ’Canes who finished in the top 20. Kieran Ryan placed 12th in 16:09 and Ermel Bautista placed 19th in 16:23. Westhampton Beach placed sixth overall in the varsity race. Coach Ryan said freshman James Buono had a breakout performance, finishing the varsity race in 18:22.

 

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... congrats, a great, dedicated team. Keep it going!
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Oct 17, 19 9:13 AM