The Southampton girls track team has built a reputation in recent years for producing excellent relay teams, and the Lady Mariners put that tradition on display at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia last week.
Both the 4×100- and 4×400-meter squads had their best times of the season at the meet on April 25 at the University of Pennsylvania. The 4×100 team of Meggie Gallo, Emily Wesnofske, Jessa Laspesa and Paris Hodges finished second in their heat in 52.16 seconds, while the 4×400 team of Hannah Connolly-Sporing, Erika Gulija, Carley Guida and Isabella Franz finished ninth in their heat in 4:13.76.
On Saturday, the Lady Mariners made a much shorter trip, heading west to participate in the Westhampton Beach Invitational. The team had a slew of personal-best finishes at that meet as well. In the open 1,500-meter race, Franz was third in 4:54, while Michele Abatangelo finished in 5:19.65. And in the freshman 1,500, Annie Connolly-Sporing finished in 5:51.26 and LuMei Abatangelo finished in 5:55.99. All four of those times were personal-bests.
Franz also had a personal-best time of 2:21.26 in the 800-meter race, finishing second to Shanna Heaney of Hampton Bays. Gulija was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 70.85 seconds, and Valentina Cobler was sixth in the 1,500-meter racewalk in a personal-best time of 9:12.21.
In the 400-meter race, Guida was fourth in 60.69, while Hannah Connolly-Sporing was eighth in 62.91, a personal best.
Hodges won the novice 100-meter dash in 14.04 seconds, and Kayla Cobb was fifth in the novice 100-meter hurdles in 20.39, a personal best.
Megan Goleski was sixth in the novice 200-meter race in 29.99, a personal best. Gallo was fourth in the open triple jump with a mark of 33 feet, 1 inch.
The 4×100-meter relay squad of Gallo, Guida, Laspesa and Hodges finished second to Bayport/Blue Point in a season’s best time of 51.72.
Strong Showings For Boys
The Southampton boys track team had a nice week as well, with several strong individual efforts in a 90-45 League VII dual meet loss to Shoreham/Wading River on April 24 and participation in the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday.
Against Shoreham, Jesse Scanlon led the Mariners, winning the 110-meter hurdles in 16.60 seconds while also placing second in the long jump. Southampton made a clean sweep in the long jump, with Joseph Strassfield winning with a leap of 18 feet 11 1/2 inches. Andre Franklin finished third.
Southampton also took first and third in the triple jump, with Scanlon winning with a mark of 37 feet 6 inches. Timmy Alejo was third.
Keaton Laub had a strong effort in the 800-meter race, taking third.
At the invitational, Strassfield was 13th overall in the open 100-meter dash in 11.78 seconds, racing against some of the top sprinters in the county. Laub, more of a middle-distance runner, participated in the 100 to work on his speed, according to head coach Tony Dottin, and had a good time of 12.14. Laub finished ninth in the 200-meter race in 23.87.
In the 800-meter race, Spencer Crough had a personal-best time of 2:06.73, which keeps him in standing as the fastest eighth-grader in the state in that event, according to Dottin.
Sebastian Cuyjet-Hunter had a nice time in the 800 as well, finishing in 2:13.93. The 4×800-meter relay team of Crough, Ryan McCabe, Kevin McCabe and Timmy Squires finished eighth overall in 8:55.10.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls–Wednesday, 5/1, at Wyandanch, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 5/6, vs. Hampton Bays, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 5/10, Loucks Games at White Plains High School, 1 p.m. Boys–Wednesday, 5/1, vs. Wyandanch, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5/4, at St. Anthony’s Invitational, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 5/8, at Hampton Bays, 4:30 p.m.