Southampton Track Teams Cruise Past Hampton Bays


The Southampton girls track team improved to 1-1 in League VII with a convincing 109-40 win over nearby rival Hampton Bays under warm and sunny skies at home on Wednesday afternoon. Southampton had started the season with a 91-54 loss to Shoreham/Wading River back on April 1.

Gabby Gavalas won both the triple jump and long jump for Southampton, while Michele Abantagelo and Riplee Mercer easily took first and second in the 1,500-meter race. Valentina Kobler won the 1,500-meter racewalk easily, and Meggie Gallo won the 100-meter dash. Cameron Heaney beat out Lady Mariners Miranda Maloney and Keara Wood to win the 400-meter dash.

The Southampton boys track team also improved to 1-1 in the season with a convincing win at Hampton Bays on April 15. (Head coach Tony Dottin declined to provide the final score). The Mariners lost their first League VII dual meet of the season, 74-67, at home against Shoreham on April 1.

Jesse Scanlon won the triple jump, 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles to lead Southampton, while teammate Andre Franklin won both the 100- and 200-meter races with personal-best times. Joseph Strassfield won the 400-meter race in a personal-best time of 52.79 seconds, while Timmy Alejo won the high jump by clearing 5 feet 8 inches. Avory Johnson won the discus throw with a mark of 132 feet 9 inches.

Southampton competed at the Suffolk Coaches Meet on Saturday. Mike Minogue was ninth in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:47:31; Matt Woolley was ninth in the 400-meter hurdles in 62.34; Spencer Crough was ninth in the 800-meter race in 2:01.91, a personal best; Joseph Strassfield was 10th in the 200-meter race in 23.01; Timmy Alejo medaled in the high jump, reaching 5 feet 8 inches, a personal best, and Nakia Williams also reached the same high for a personal best; Alejo won the freshman/sophomore triple jump with a mark of 39 feet 3 and 3/4 inches, and was fourth in the freshman/sophomore long jump with a mark of 18 feet 6 inches; Avory Johnson was 12th in the discus with a mark of 119 feet 7 inches; and Gustavo Morastitla had a personal-best time of 4:57.23 in the 1,600-meter race.

Southampton was scheduled to host Elwood/John Glenn on April 22 and will compete at the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday at 8 a.m. The Mariners will host Babylon for a dual meet on April 29 at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Mariners were slated to visit Glenn on April 22 and will also compete at Westhampton on Saturday, at 1 p.m., before hosting Babylon for a dual meet on April 29 at 4:30 p.m.

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