Southampton Track Teams Lose Openers In Tough Conditions


Both the Southampton boys and girls track teams dropped their League VII openers against Elwood/John Glenn, competing in some of the harshest conditions of the spring on March 31. The Lady Mariners were downed 48-32 at home while the boys lost 47-38 at Glenn.

Southampton boys head coach Tony Dottin and Glenn head coach Joe Burke agreed to end the meet early because the weather had deteriorated to a point where it became both uncomfortable and, more importantly, dangerous for the athletes to keep competing. The teams called it quits before contesting the 200-meter dash, the 3,200-meter race and the three relays events. Given Southampton’s strength in the relays, Dottin said he thinks his team would have won the meet if all the events had taken place, but he said getting a victory wasn’t his main concern that day.

“There was a little coating of ice on the track because of the frozen rain and the kids had reached a discomfort level,” he said. “It wasn’t good for performances and it could lead to injuries. My concern wasn’t winning the meet, my concern was the health and well-being of everyone.”

The Mariners put in several good performances before the meet was called. Senior Nick Collazos won the 1,600-meter race in 5:01 while teammate Eric Wittenburg placed fourth in 5:32. Senior Owen Laub, usually more of a shorter-distance specialist, won the 800 meters in 2:16.5. Adrian Simioni won the 400 meters in 56 seconds and Jordan Seymore was second in the 100-meter dash in 12.36 seconds. He also won the long jump with a distance of 19 feet 10 and 1/2 inches, which Dottin said was “very impressive this early in the season.” Joe Strassfield finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 16 feet 5 inches. Sean Barylski earned points for Southampton in the field, taking third in the shot put with a mark of 38 feet 7 inches.

Individual results for the Lady Mariners were not available.

The boys were scheduled to compete in the Suffolk Officials Meet at Mt. Sinai High School on Saturday while the girls were slated to compete in the Developmental Meet at Bellport High School, also on Saturday. The boys will host Hampton Bays in a League VII meet on Tuesday, April 12, and the girls will visit Hampton Bays the same day. Both meets begin at 4:30 p.m.

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