It was a successful week for both the Southampton boys and girls cross country teams and the East Hampton girls cross country teams, as they all performed well in dual meets on September 16 at Sunken Meadow State Park.
The Lady Bonackers moved to 1-1 in League VI with a 22-37 loss to Miller Place, but had some impressive times and finishes in the defeat. Meanwhile, the Southampton girls team edged Center Moriches, 26-31, beating the Lady Red Devils for the first time in several years, according to head coach Eddie Arnold. The boys team enjoyed a more dominant victory over Center Moriches, winning with a score of 18-38.
Dana Cebulski led the Lady Bonackers on the three-mile course, finishing second overall with a time of 20:00. Liana Paradiso was fourth overall in 20:41, followed by Devon Brown (23:08), Aveen Hallissey (23:31), and Jillian Czarnecki (24:54).
East Hampton did not compete in any invitationals over the weekend, because it was homecoming weekend at East Hampton. The boys team was not in action last week.
The Lady Mariners got past a strong Center Moriches team by sweeping second through fifth place in the meet. Lumei Abatangelo (21:20, personal best), Hannah Connolly-Sporing (21:32), freshman Riplee Mercer (23:18) and Michele Abatangelo (23:44) paced Southampton to the win in the three-mile race, while Iwona Rokosz took 12th in 26:39.
Arnold said he was particularly impressed with captain Michele Abatangelo’s performance, as she competed in her first cross country meet after recovering from a foot injury.
For the boys, Spencer Crough won the three-mile race in 17:46, while Kyle Vella was second in 17:49. Ryan McCabe took fourth in 18:24, Michael Minogue was fifth in 18:26, and Sebastian Hunter-Cuyjet was sixth in 18:37.
The boys also competed at the Bob Pratt Invitational at Sunken Meadow on Saturday. Josh Reyes had a personal-best time of 10:17 in the freshman 1.5-mile race, while Vella had a personal-best time of 18:42 in the 3.1-mile race. Also achieving personal-best times in that race were Minogue (19:53), Kevin Dexter (22:51), Ricardo Chino (21:34) and Nick Menghini (22:17).