The Southampton boys indoor track team got its season off to a nice start at the St. Anthony’s Invitational on Saturday.
Junior sprinter Joseph Strassfield finished third in the 55-meter dash, and won his heat, with a time of 6.85 seconds FAT (Fully Automated Time), which is 0.25 seconds slower than manual timing. Strassfield also finished eighth in the 300-meter race, in 39.33 seconds. Head coach Tony Dottin was happy with those times, saying that Strassfield is “already in midseason form.”
Sophomore Jesse Scanlon finished third in the 55-meter hurdles, in 8.49 seconds, his personal-best time. He also had his personal-best mark indoors for the triple jump, taking third with a leap of 39 feet 11¼ inches.
Freshman Spencer Crough finished just short of his personal-best time in the 600-meter race, coming across the line in 1:35.08. Freshman Johnny Navan had a strong finish in the 55-meter dash (7.51 seconds) and the 300 (42.08 seconds). Junior Mike Nelson did well in those same events, with times of 7.9 seconds in the 55 and 43.75 seconds in the 300. Eighth-grader Ben Taraku finished the 55 in 8.14 seconds.
“All in all, as a season-opening performance, it’s a pleasant surprise, the times that some of these boys are running already,” Dottin said. “It bodes well as we go forward in the season.”
Southampton was scheduled to compete in a crossover meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Tuesday, December 10, and will compete in another meet at Suffolk West on Sunday, December 15.