The Southampton boys and girls track teams had several strong showings at the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday, but senior Imani Richardson had the most impressive day for the Mariners, shattering the girl’s school record for the 100-meter dash set by Connie Seymore in 1977.
Richardson won the open 100-meter dash with a time of 12.42 seconds, breaking Seymore’s mark of 12.64 seconds. Richardson also beat Ashley Bell of Riverhead, who had been ranked second in Suffolk County for the event. Southampton girls head coach Eddie Arnold said he expected Richardson to be ranked first in the county after the rankings were tabulated this week, based on her performance. Richardson is currently ranked eighth in the state for the 100.
“She’s been working so hard, and it’s really been paying off,” Arnold said.
Junior Leah Eleazer also had a good day at the invitational, taking fourth in the open long jump with a mark of 15 feet 6 and 1/2 inches. Her classmate Jena Arnister took fifth in the open 400-meter race in a time of 1:04.15, while junior Carly Stokes took fourth in the novice shot put with a distance of 28- 8 1/4. According to Arnold, Stokes, Richardson, Eleazer and Arnister all have a good shot at qualifying for the state tournament in those events.
“They’re all working very hard and I’m really proud of them,” he said.
The girls on the Lady Mariners 4×100-meter relay team, who are also seeking a return trip to the state meet this year, finished fourth with a time of 55.15 seconds. Richardson, Arnister and Eleazer have been integral members of the team, while the fourth spot has yet to be solidified.
Other notable performances for Southampton included an eighth-place finish for junior Esther Altomare in the novice 400-meter race in 1:12.36 and a time of 16.05 for Makayla Syas in the freshmen 100-meter dash, which was good enough for 14th place.
Southampton will host Elwood/John Glenn today in a dual meet at 4:30 p.m. and will visit Amityville on May 8 for the final dual meet of the League VI season at 4:30 p.m. The division championship will take place at Connetquot High School on May 28 at 3 p.m.
Junior Davin Johnson led Southampton with a pair of top-six finishes at the Westhampton Beach Invitational, finishing fourth in the open 400-meter race in 54.19 seconds while taking sixth in the open 200 in 23.82. Owen Laub finished 18th in the open 100 in 12.51 seconds and was also eighth in the open 200 in 24.15 seconds.
In the novice 200, Jordan Seymore was second in 26.13 seconds, Onajja Browning was sixth in 27.03 seconds and James Couell took 12th in 28.79 seconds. BJ Mack finished 11th in the open 200 in 24.33 seconds while Nick Collazos was eighth in the open 800-meter race in 2:10.64. Chris Rose took fifth in the novice high jump, clearing the bar at 4-9.
The Mariners will visit Elwood/John Glenn for a dual meet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and will compete in an invitational at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington on Saturday before finishing the League VI regular season at home against Amityville on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. The division championships will take place at Bellport High School on May 27 and 28.