The Southampton boys and girls track teams did well representing the maroon and white at the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday.
Junior Jesse Scanlon led the boys team, winning the 110-meter high hurdles easily in 15.87 seconds and also taking first in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 4 inches. Southampton head coach Tony Dottin said that Scanlon is starting to return to form after a long layoff because of an ankle injury he suffered during the indoor track season.
Sophomore Timmy Alejo won the novice high jump, clearing 5 feet 6 inches, and he was also first in the novice long jump with a leap of 18 feet 10 inches. Alejo was third in the open triple jump with a mark of 39 feet 3 and 1/4 inches.
Andre Franklin was second in the 200-meter dash in 23.11 seconds, just a few hundredths of a second off the state meet-qualifying standard time, and he was seventh in the 100-meter dash in 11.63 seconds. Sebastian Hunter-Cuyjet was eighth in the 800-meter race in 2:05.98 seconds. Nakia Williams was second in the novice high jump, clearing 5 feet 6 inches, and Hunter Mangano was second in the novice long jump with a mark of 18 feet 7 and 1/4 inches. Sebastian Pereira was third in that event with a mark of 18 feet 2 and 3/4 inches, and he was also fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 38 feet 6 and 1/4 inches. Patrick Mahoney was fourth in the novice long jump with a mark of 17 feet 8 inches. Southampton did not have the services of its best sprinter, Joseph Strassfield, who was nursing an injury, one that head coach Tony Dottin said was not serious and likely would not sideline him for a long time. The Mariners were also missing Spencer Crough, a strong middle/long distance runner, who is taking time off to rest nagging injuries as well.
The Lady Mariners also had a strong showing, with a slew of personal-best finishes.
Sisters Michele and Lumei Abatangelo had personal-best times in the 1,500-meter race (5:20 for Michele, 5:40 for Lumei) and the 3,000 (11.58 for Michele, 12:06 for Lumei); Hadi Ramos, Caroline Ricca and Riplee Mercer also had personal-best times in the 1,500; Hannah Connolly-Sporing had personal best times in the 200-meter race (seventh place in 28.26) and the 800-meter race; Annie Connolly-Sporing had a personal-best finish of 76.88 in the novice 400-meter hurdles, taking fifth; Grace Lynch and Cecelia Scheuer had personal-best times of 66.37 and 67.75, respectively, in the novice 400-meter race, taking fourth and seventh; Kayley Ritz was second in the novice 100-meter hurdles in 20.73 and Kayla Cobb was fifth in 20.91; Valentina Kobler was fifth in the 1,500-meter race walk in 9:13.61, a personal best, while Sami Mahoney and Bianca Victa also had personal-best finishes in that event; and the 4×100-meter relay team of Victa, Scheuer, Gabby Gavalas and Hannah Connolly-Sporing had a personal-best time of 54.14 and took sixth.
Both teams faced Elwood/John Glenn in League VII dual meets last week. The boys won easily, 93-43, at home on April 22, bringing their record to 2-1, while the girls lost at Glenn, 83-48, on the same day, dropping them to 1-2. For the boys team, the Mariners swept the top three spots in every event except the discus. For the girls, Hannah Connolly-Sporing won both the 400- and 800-meter races in the loss to Glenn, while Southampton swept the 3,000-meter race with Michele Abatangelo, Riplee Mercer and Lumei Abantagelo taking the top spots. The teams did not contest the pole vault or the relays since the weather was bad and the outcome of the meet was already determined.
Both teams were set to take on Babylon at home on April 29, and the girls were set to visit Center Moriches on May 1. The boys team will compete at the St. Anthony’s meet on Saturday, as will Hannah Connolly-Sporing, who will be looking to improve on her time in the 800-meter race. The rest of the Lady Mariners will be at the Marvin Goldberg Relays on Saturday.