Jesse Scanlon had one of his best efforts of the year in one of his signature events at the prestigious Loucks Games track and field meet in White Plains on Saturday.
The Southampton junior reached a personal-best mark in the triple jump, leaping 44 feet, 10 and 1/2 inches to finish fifth overall, outperforming his seven-seed. The mark was also under the New York State Meet qualifying standard of 44 feet, 1 inch, meaning that as long as Scanlon finishes first or second in the triple jump at the Suffolk County (Section XI) state qualifier meet on June 6, he will clinch a spot in the state meet for the second straight year in that event. That outcome is practically a given, as Scanlon has consistently been ranked as the top triple jumper among all small schools competitors this season. Scanlon finished seventh in the state last year, one spot out of a medal-winning finish, which he will try to achieve this year.
Scanlon will likely compete in two events at states, as he is also ranked first in the county in the small schools division in the 110-meter hurdles. Scanlon finished fourth in his heat in that event at the Loucks Games with a time of 15.64 seconds, and while it was not his best time of the season, he is still the favorite to win that event at the state qualifier, which would assure him of a spot at states in that event as well.
Southampton freshman Sebastian Pereira also had a good day at the Loucks Games, with a mark of 42 feet 7 inches in the triple jump. Pereira is ranked first in the county and state among all freshmen in that event, according to head coach Tony Dottin.
The Mariners could also send a relay team to states, after a strong performance at the Loucks Games. The 4×400-meter team of Joseph Strassfield, Spencer Crough, Sebastian Cuyjet-Hunter and Andre Franklin had a season’s-best time of 3:33.12, which ranks them first among small schools 4×4 teams in the county, according to Dottin.
Before competing at the Loucks Games, Southampton dropped to 3-2 in League VII with a 76-65 home loss to first-place undefeated Bayport/Blue Point on May 5. The meet came down to the final events, the relays, where Bayport had the edge. Southampton was scheduled to close out the league season against Center Moriches (1-4), a team they were expected to beat easily, on May 13 at home. The Mariners will compete in the division meet on May 27 and 29 at Connetquot High School before competing in the state qualifier at Port Jeff on June 5 and 6.
The Southampton girls track team also competed at the Loucks Games, and several athletes achieved personal-best efforts in their events.
In the triple jump, Gabby Gavalas had her best mark (33 feet 8 inches), as did Brook-Lyn Walker (33 feet 6 inches). Hannah Connolly-Sporing had her best time in the 400-meter race, finishing in 60.65 seconds, while the 4×100-meter relay team of Vianca Victa, Cecilia Scheuer, Gavalas, and Connolly-Sporing had their best effort in 54 seconds. The 4×400-meter relay team of Michele Abatangelo, Scheuer, Grace Lynch, and Connolly Sporing finished in a personal-best 4:24.
Before the Loucks Games, Southampton fell to 3-3 in League VII with a 110-40 loss to undefeated Bayport, rounding out the regular season. The Lady Mariners will compete at the division meet at Northport on May 26 and 28 before the state qualifier at Port Jeff on June 5 and 6.