Young Mariners Look Good in First Dual Meet

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With only one senior, three juniors and a bevy of freshman, Southampton boys track coach Tony Dottin is coaching one of his youngest squads ever. But thus far, Dottin said he’s been happy with the collective development of his team. ?In their first dual meet of the League VI season at home last Thursday, March 27, the Mariners lost 80-65 to a talented and more experienced Westhampton Beach team. Southampton was missing two key athletes who, if present, could have turned the score in Southampton’s favor. Freshman Owen Laub, a standout in the sprinting events, and high-jumper Scott Rose were both on vacation.?”For our first meet, we did surprisingly well,” Dottin said. “I thought the other team might dominate us. We would have won if we had our other kids here.”?Despite the absences, Southampton still had several standout performances in the meet. Junior Gabe Anglickas took second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:06 while junior Davin Johnson won three events; he took first in the 400-meter race in 56.2 seconds, won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet 3 inches and finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet.?Dottin has said that Johnson’s participation on the winter track team has prepared him for a strong outdoor campaign. “He’s already in form for the long jump and he’s doing very well early in the season,” he said.?Southampton swept the top three spots in the 200 meters, with junior BJ Mack taking first in 26.62 seconds followed by freshman James Cowell in 26.32 seconds and freshman Onajja Browning in 27.05 seconds.?Mack, Cowell, Browning and freshman Raul Meza teamed up to finish first in the 4×100-meter relay in 52.2 seconds while Johnson, Anglickas, senior Sean Laffey and freshman Nick Collazos won the 4×400-meter relay in 4:12. ?In distance events, Collazos took second in the mile in 5:03, which is his fastest mile time to date. Laffey won the 800-meter race in 2:11. ?In field events, Browning took third in the discus throw with a mark of 85 feet 6 inches. ?Southampton will travel to Miller Place today for a dual meet and will host Shoreham/Wading River on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ?

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