Southampton competitive in crossover meet


The Southampton boys winter track team participated in the a crossover meet on December 17 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Ricky Wesnofske finished 19th in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.77 seconds. Jeb Schmidt took 22nd in the same event, finishing with a time of 8.24 seconds.

Dylan Lynott ran the 300-meter dash in 41.6 seconds, taking seventh place in the event. Wesnofske followed closely with an eighth place finish, with a time of 41.94 seconds. Schmidt finished in 11th place with a time of 44.68 seconds. Luke O’Connor completed the race in 21st place, with a time of 50.65 seconds.

In the long jump, Zach Escallier took fourth place with a distance of 17 feet, 1/2 inch. Southampton had two teams in the 4×200-meter relay—its A team that day took eighth place with a time of 1:50.51, and its B team took eleventh place with a time of 1:57.08.

Six team members participated in the 55th annual Bishop Loughlin Games, held this weekend at the Armory Track & Field Foundation in Manhattan.

Head coach Tony Dottin said that the sheer numbers of people in attendance, coupled with a lot of down time between events, made for an unnverving combination. Still, he praised his runners for their performances and their ability to compete on a high-profile stage.

“It’s very difficult to perform under those stressful conditions, but they were able to handle it really well,” he said.

Nick Collazos ran the 1,000-meter run to finish with a time of 2:46.94 for a season’s best and took a personal best of 1:33.19 in the 600-meter run. Davin Johnson also had a personal best in the 600-meter run, finishing with a time of 1:31.12.

Owen Laub and Brandon Mack both competed in the 55-meter dash and garnered personal bests— Laub finished with a time of 7.3 seconds and placed third in his heat. Mack’s time was unavailable, though he placed fourth in his heat. Jordan Seymore had a distance of 7-7 in the long jump for a season’s best.

There were a lot of individual achievements, but Dottin said he was most impressed by the runs in the 300-meter event, all of which produced personal bests. Mack led Southampton with a time of 37.84 seconds, and Laub finished exactly one second behind at 38.84 seconds. Deyvid Melo crossed the finish line in 40.2 seconds,

Melo, Mack, Laub and Johnson also ran in the 4×400-meter relay to finish with a time of 3:46.28. Mack ran the fastest leg of the race with a time of 54.96 seconds.

“I’m looking forward to part two of the season, where we cut out the practice meets and get into the meat and potatoes of the season where it counts,” said Dottin, adding that the team will continue to strive for records.

The Mariners were scheduled to participate in an invitational meet at West Point on December 30 at 11 a.m. The next crossover meet is scheduled for January 4 at 1:30 p.m. at SCCC-Brentwood.


The Southampton girls winter track team went to SCCC-Brentwood on Saturday for the a crossover meet. Unlike the boys team, the girls did not participate in the Bishop Loughlin games.

Ricki Berkoski ran the 55-meter hurdles for a personal best of 11.69 seconds, taking 20th place. Jeanette Henderson took fifth place in the 55-meter dash, finishing the event with a time of 8.24 seconds. Amanda Aquino finished in 11th place with a time of 8.38 seconds, and Makayla Syas finished in 15th place with a time of 8.56 seconds. Deanna Iwanyckyj placed 22nd in 9.03 seconds.

Henderson also took part in the 300-meter dash, capturing sixth place with a time of 48.71 seconds. Aquino finished with a time of 50.15 seconds, taking ninth place. Iwanyckyj and Adriana Benitez both finished the event with respective personal bests of 50.7 seconds and 53.6 seconds.

Seventh-grade runner Erika Gulija led the Lady Mariners in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:40.63 to take seventh place. Larissa Pauli followed closely in ninth place, finishing with a new personal best of 5:42.47. Katie Laffey finished the 1,500-meter run with a personal best of 5:55, as did Samantha Wellen with her personal best of 6:03. Placements for Laffey and Wellen were unavailable.

In the shot put, Pauli threw for a distance of 24-11 1/2. Kat Kruckel threw the shot put 25-5 and Rebecca Katz had a personal best in the event with 22-6 1/2 inches.

“All in all, the team is really coming together,” said coach Eddie Arnold. “With our times each week, we have a personal best within the group of girls. It varies from week to week, but I’m extremely proud of the work they’re putting in.”

Arnold added that the winter track season is by and large preparation for the spring track season. The team has diversified its training regimen to include one day a week at the Southampton Recreation Center, and Arnold thanked Southampton Youth Services executive director Scott Johnson for the accommodation.

“Being one of smaller teams in division, it helps us as individuals for the spring and that’s what we’re aiming for,” Arnold said.

Southampton was slated to attend the next crossover meet on January 3 at 9 a.m.

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