Track Teams Test Prowess At Invitationals


The Southampton boys and girls track teams enjoyed easy League VII dual meets wins last week before taking on tougher competition at invitationals on Saturday.

The boys won every single event in a romp over a small and winless Babylon team at home on April 29, improving to 3-1 in League VII. Highlights included Timmy Alejo clearing 5 feet 8 inches in the high jump, Jesse Scanlon winning the 110-meter high hurdles and triple jump, Andre Franklin winning both the 100- and 200-meter races, and Avory Johnson winning the shot put (39 feet) and discus (119 feet).

The Mariners took on tough competition at the prestigious St. Anthony’s Invitational on Saturday. Franklin was the only Mariner to bring home a medal, finishing sixth in the 100 in 11.51 (FAT time). Spencer Crough was one of 21 runners who finished under the two-minute mark in the 800-meter race. Alejo had a season’s best mark of 5 feet 9 inches in the high jump and also had his best mark of the season in the triple jump (39 feet 9 and 1/2 inches).

Southampton will compete at another big meet, the Loucks Games, in White Plains on Saturday.

Lady Mariners

Like their male counterparts, the Lady Mariners cruised to an easy win over Babylon on April 29, and then beat Center Moriches, 88-56, on Friday to improve to 3-2 on the season. Gabby Gavalas had a good day, winning the long jump, triple jump and 200-meter race. Her time of 28.3 seconds in the 200 was her best of the season. Gavalas was also part of the winning 4×100-meter relay team. Hannah Connolly-Sporing won the 800- and 1,500-meter races. A total of 15 Lady Mariners achieved personal-best times in the win, including: Kayley Ritz (100-meter hurdles), Coco Ramgopal (400 meter race), Grace Lynch (800-meter race), Margaret Hattrick (high jump), Gavalas (200-meter race), Vianca Victa (100 and 200), Amira Nationa (100 and high jump), Cecelia Scheuer (100 and 200), Emma Diesing (100 and 200), Kayla Cobb (100), Tavia Jeffries (100 and discus), Michele Abatangelo (800), Saimona Ward (100), Isabel Martin (100), and Keilyn Castillo (100).

The Lady Mariners competed at the Marvin Goldberg Relays on Saturday and had a slew of first-place finishes.

Annie Connolly-Sporing and Freddi Whitall won the 2×400-meter hurdles (1:21 and 1:22, respectively); the 4×800-meter relay team of Miranda Maloney, Lumei Abatangelo, Riplee Mercer and Hadi Ramos were first in 11:12; the 4×200-meter relay team of Cecelia Scheuer, Amira Nation, Grace Lynch and Gabby Gavalas was first in 1:59; the 400-200-200-800 relay team of Gavalas, Scheuer, Delaney Jones and Maloney was first in 5:01; the distance medley relay team (1,200-400-800-1,600) of Mercer, Maloney, Lynch and Lumei Abatangelo was first in 14:31; and the 4×100-meter relay team of Scheuer, Lynch, Stephanie Schiavoni and Gavalas was first in 56 seconds.

Southampton will also compete at the Loucks Games on Saturday.

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