They’re not a dynasty, yet.
The New England Patriots were a dynasty in the NFL. The Miller Place High School badminton team, which won 504 matches in a row over 32 years, that was a dynasty.
So the Port Washington girls track and field team still has a ways to go to reach the D word. But they sure are trending in that direction, as Coach Jeremiah Pope and his squad once again captured the Nassau County team title on May 22 at MacArthur High School in Levittown.
The Vikings’ 69 points were 14 better than second-place Oceanside, and marked the fourth straight team title over two years for Port Washington.
Winter titles in 2022 and 2023 and now a second straight spring title has shown that the Vikings might be a dynasty in the making.
“I was a little surprised considering we were a little shorthanded, but everybody on our team stepped up and I’m so proud of them,” Pope said. “You need everybody to do their best and get as many Top-6 points as you can, and everybody helped out.”
Leading the way for Port Washington were three individual event winners. Eve Siff-Scheer, a junior, captured the 2,000 meter steeplechase in 7:47.81 (she also got third in the 3,000 meter), while sophomore Bella Lucas won her second straight county title, this time clearing 5-foot, 4 inches to take the high jump (she also took second in the triple jump).
The steeplechase, which involves leaping over obstacles into pits of water, was something Siff-Scheer has had to get used to.
“I bring four pairs of socks to every meet I do it in,” she said, laughing. “And this meet I used them all. The race went out really quick, and me and the girl behind me went back and forth with the lead for a while, and then the final lap I got in front of her. It was a great race.”
As part of Pope’s strategy to maximize points, Port Washington entered steeplechase newbies Elizabeth Lewis and Samantha Benson-Tyler into the county meet, and both finished in the top five.
Port Washington’s other individual win came from senior Emily Bosworth, who defended her crown in the discus throw by tossing it 102 feet, 8 inches.
Pope and Bosworth gave major credit for her success to the team’s throwing coach, Ieshawn Johnson.
“Coach Johnson spotted me last year when I came out for track and said he thought I would be really great at throwing, and I tried it and loved it,” Bosworth said. “It was weird at first, but it came natural to me.”
“Emily won the meet on her first throw, once she got the lead,” Pope said. “She’s had such a great mindset this year and was healthy and did a great job.”
Port Washington also took second in the 4×800 relay, something the team has traditionally been strong in. Lewis, Benson-Tyler, Siff-Scheer and Sadie Muller finished only behind East Meadow.
Sophomore Ashley Carillo was also a triple points-scorer, finishing second in the 3,000 meters, third in the 1,500 meters and sixth in the 800 meters.
The Port Washington team will now compete in state qualifiers on June 1, with the state championships on June 9-10 at Middletown High School.