Connolly-Sporing Leads Lady Mariners Indoor Track Team

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The Southampton girls indoor track team got its season under way last week, with strong showings at a crossover meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday.

Several Lady Mariners earned personal-best times in their events, including Hannah Connolly-Sporing, who looks strong coming off a great cross country season where she earned a trip to the state meet. Connolly-Sporing won the 600-meter race in a personal-best time of 1:43.44, which wound up being the fastest time of the day (there were two other crossover meets later that day at Suffolk West). Michele Abatangelo also had a personal-best time in the 600, finishing in 1:57.

Sprinter Meggie Gallo won her heat in the 55-meter dash in a personal-best time of 7.86 seconds, while Sarah Warren and Annie Connolly-Sporing had personal best times in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 11.96 seconds and 12.14 seconds, respectively. In the 1,500-meter race, Lumei Abantangelo had a personal best, finishing in 5:57, while Erika Gulija also had a personal best, finishing in 5:29. The 4×200-meter relay team of Michele Abatangelo, Gallo, Megan Goleski and Hannah Connolly-Sporing had a personal best time of 2:00.

Head coach Eddie Arnold feels good about the winter season and the spring season that will follow after. He had a nice mix of young athletes and returning veterans.

“We’re very young, but we still have returning athletes,” he said. He expects Hannah Connolly-Sporing, Patti Sanchez, Gulija and Michele Abatangelo to lead the team this year.

Also providing leadership will be new assistant coach Gino Cruz. Cruz was part of the Mariner track and field coaching staff in the early 2000s, and Arnold said he’s happy to have him back, adding that Cruz will help specifically with the field events.

Information for the boys track and field team was not provided this week.

CAILIN RILEY

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