The Southampton girls track team fell to 0-2 in League VI dual meets with an 80-60 loss at home to Miller Place on Thursday, but several Lady Mariners had strong individual performances.
Junior Jena Arnister picked up a pair of wins in sprinting events, taking the 100-meter dash in 13.4 seconds and winning the 200 in 27.5 seconds. Larissa Pauli and Carly Stokes had a good day in field events, with Pauli winning the discus throw with a mark of 70 feet, 6 1/2 inches while also finishing third in the shot put with a throw of 27-1. Stokes won the shot put event with a mark of 28-9 3/4.
Newcomer Leah Eleazer had a good day as well, taking second in the long jump with a mark of 13-1 1/2 and taking second in the triple jump with mark of 26-3. In the 400-meter race, Esther Altomare was second in 73 seconds, while Maddie Storch ran a personal-best time of 34.6 seconds in the 200.
A trio of distance runners had personal-best times in the 1,500-meter race, with Sami Wellen finishing in 6:15, Zoe Strassfield finishing in 7:41 and Alicia Krauss finishing in 7:10.
Southampton was scheduled to visit Shoreham/Wading River on Wednesday and will compete in the Suffolk Coaches Meet at Bay Shore High School on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The Lady Mariners will host Mount Sinai on Monday at 4 p.m.
Senior sprinter Imani Richardson was scheduled to rejoin the team against Shoreham/Wading River after missing the early part of the season. Richardson has been the team’s top sprinter for the past two years, and her talents should help the Lady Mariners in the relay events in particular.
“It’s good to have her back,” Southampton head coach Eddie Arnold said. “The team as a whole is really starting to come along. We’re still just working with the girls and trying to get them to their goals.”
Arnold added that he has been impressed with veteran Arnister as well as Eleazer, who has had an immediate impact in her first season with the team.