With a 15-50 win over Babylon at Indian Island on October 8, the Southampton boys cross country team improved to 4-1 in League VII. The win pushed the Mariners to second in the league, and gave the team its best record in nine years.
The Panthers had no answer for Southampton, which swept the top seven spots in the 5K race. Individual times and finishes were not available. The Southampton girls team lost, 25-32, to Babylon, but Hannah Connolly-Sporing and Lumei Abatangelo were bright spots for the team, finishing first and second in the race, respectively. Another bright spot was Valentina Cobler, who had her personal-best time in a 5K in the race. The Lady Mariners moved to 1-3 in League VII.
Two days after the Babylon meet, Southampton traveled back to Indian Island to race in the Westhampton Invitational. The boys finished second overall as a team in the varsity 5K run, led by Sebastian Hunter Cuyjet, who was sixth out of 150 runners in a personal best time of 17:49. Timmy Squires (18:31), Spencer Crough (18:33), Ryan McCabe (18:36), Charlie Bedard (18:38), and Kyle Vella (18:45) all finished in the top 25, and head coach Eddie Arnold said that learning to run “as a pack” has been a key to Southampton’s success. The times for Squires, Crough, McCabe, Vella and Bedard were their personal bests, while Michael Nelson (19:48) and Michael Minogue (20:40) also had personal best times.
Westhampton Beach won the race with 64 points while Southampton was second with 82 and a talented East Hampton squad that is second in League VI finished third with 92 points.
For the girls, Connolly-Sporing was fifth out of 100 runners in the girls varsity 5K in 21:04, while Abatangelo was seventh in 21:18, both personal-best times. Patty Sanchez (25:24), Annie Connolly-Sporing (25:25), Kendall Mangano (26:30), and Valentina Cobler (28:15) also all had personal-best times.
The East Hampton boys cross country team (4-1) suffered its first loss of the dual meet season last week, falling to undefeated Shoreham/Wading River, 20-35, at Cedar Point Park in East Hampton on October 8. Shoreham’s Ryan Uddadia set the course record on the 2.7-mile track, winning the race in 14:28. Uddadia is one of the fastest runners in the state. Bonacker Erik Engstrom was the top finisher for his team, taking third in 14:57. Jack Link and Adam Cebulski finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with personal-best times of 15:01 and 15:02. Thomas Brierley had a nice race, taking eighth in 15:45, his best time by more than a minute.
At the Westampton Invitational, East Hampton was third out of 12 teams in the varsity 5K race at Indian Island on October 10. Cebulski was fourth overall in 17:23, while Brierley was seventh in 17:51. Sophomore Jackson Rafferty was 21st in 18:36, his personal best.
The Lady Bonackers (1-3) earned their first win of the season in League VI, beating Sayville, 21-34, at Cedar Point Park on October 8. Dana Cebulski won the race in 17:37, setting a new course record. Liana Paradiso was second in 18:42, while Jackie Messemer was fourth in 19:10, Devon Brown was fifth in 20:04, and Merissah Gilbert was ninth in 21:15.
At the invitational, Cebulski won the race in 19:42. The Lady Bonackers were fifth out of 11 teams.
The Lady Bonackers were scheduled to take on Elwood/John Glenn at Sunken Meadow on October 15 to finish out the regular season. The boys were slated to take on Mount Sinai the same day at Sunken Meadow in their regular season finale. They will travel to Rhode Island to compete in the Brown Invitational on Saturday. For Southampton, the boys team was slated to host Mattituck at Indian Island on October 15 to finish out the regular season, and they will also compete at the Brown Invitational. The Lady Mariners were scheduled to do the same.
All teams will compete in the Division Championships at Sunken Meadow on October 22 at 1 p.m. before heading back to Sunken Meadow for the Section XI Championships (state qualifier) on November 1 at 1 p.m. The winning teams plus the next five fastest individual runners not from the winning team in each class will advance to states. Both the Southampton and East Hampton boys teams have a chance to qualify as a team, but should qualify a few individuals even if they don’t win as a team. Individual runners from both the Southampton and East Hampton girls teams will be looking to advance to states as well.