Sports Briefs: Montauk Mile and Athletic Awards

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Last year’s men’s winner of the Montauk Mile was Erik Engstrom in 4:49.7, with Kal Lewis of Shelter Island second in 4:51. Jack Graves

The Montauk Mile

The Montauk Mile, spanning the railroad station and Lions Field along the shoulder of Flamingo Road, is to be contested Sunday morning. The women’s race is to start at 10:30, with the men’s to follow at 11. 

Last year’s men’s winner was Erik Engstrom, in 4:49.7, with Kal Lewis of Shelter Island second in 4:51. 

“This is a fun, family-friendly event,” an Old Montauk Athletic Club flier says. “We plan on having a Chinese auction, fun relays for youngsters, and pizza. . . . All registrants get a T-shirt, a light breakfast before the race, and a light lunch afterward.” 

In addition, registrants over the age of 21 will be given a free pint of Montauk Brewery beer. The winners’ names will be engraved on the Montauk Mile John F. Conner Cup.

The Tracksters Report

Robert Weiss, a senior who is going to Wagner College on Staten Island in the fall, led his fellow East Hampton High state qualifier entrants with a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter race.

Ben Turnbull, the boys coach, also reported that Ryan Fowkes in finishing 10th in the 1,600 set a school record with his time of 4 minutes and 24.19 seconds; that Matthew Maya placed 10th in the pentathlon; that Eamon Spencer was 16th in the 800, and that Weiss placed 11th in the 100. Spencer will attend the Naval Academy in the fall, the coach added.

Yani Cuesta, who coaches the girls team here, said her two ninth-grade distance runners, Ava Engstrom and Bella Tarbet, placed 15th and 21st in the unseeded section of the state qualifier’s 2,000-meter steeplechase, and that they and Lillie Minskoff (100), Mimi Fowkes (racewalk), Mikela Junemann (high jump), and Helen Barranco (discus) had been named to the all-League VI team. Engstrom and Tarbet made all-league in the 1,500-meter race.

Spring Athletic Awards

The following spring season athletes were honored by their coaches at an East Hampton High School athletic awards ceremony last week: Jonny De Groot, most valuable, Matthew McGovern, most improved, and Jaedon Glasstein, coach’s award, boys tennis; Zach Minskoff, most valuable, Austin Brown, most improved, and Elian Abreu, coach’s award, baseball.

Lucy Emptage, most valuable, and Elizabeth Bistrian and Sophia Bitis, coach’s award recipents, girls lacrosse; Maddie Schenck, most valuable, Sophia Ledda, most improved, and Ella Gurney, coach’s award, softball.

Robert Weiss, most valuable, Ryan Fowkes most improved, and Eamon Spencer, coach’s award, boys track; Lillie Minskoff, most valuable, Elizabeth Borzilleri, most improved, and Michelle Barranco-Ramirez, coach’s award, girls track.

U.S. Open Try

Turner Foster, East Hampton High’s top golfer, was one of 85 who vied for five U.S. Open spots Monday at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. He finished at seven over par with rounds of 74 and 75.

Montauk Triathlon

The Robert J. Aaron memorial triathlon (1-mile swim in Lake Montauk, 20-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run) is to be held Saturday, with the swim to begin at 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of West Lake Drive and the Star Island Causeway. Merle McDonald Aaron, the race director, said earlier this week that “we’re still accepting applications.”

So far, she said, around 300 triathletes had signed up. “We had more than 500 last year, and in the past we had to close it out at around 700.”

She said she didn’t think the lower registration was owing to a falloff in the sport’s popularity. “It’s just that there are so many triathlons now.” The defending champion, Matthew Connelly of New York City, is expected to return. He won last year in 1 hour, 56 minutes, and 45 seconds.

Souvenirs at the Open

The U.S. Open’s 37,000-square-foot merchandise pavilion at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton will be open to the public from today through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. More than 400,000 U.S. Open logo items will be on sale, according to a flier. Parking will be available at the Stony Brook Southampton campus nearby.