Southampton’s Hannah Connolly-Sporing saw her indoor track season come to a disappointing end at the Section XI (Suffolk County) State Qualifier Meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Saturday. The junior was unable to finish her premier event, the 600-meter race, after suffering an apparent asthma attack after the first two laps that forced her to withdraw.
Connolly-Sporing was coming off her best effort of the season, winning the 600-meter race at the Small Schools Championships a week earlier with a personal-best time of 1:41.27. She was hoping to continue that momentum, where finishing in the top two would have earned her a spot at the state meet in that race, and a third place finish would have given her a spot on the state intersectional relay team. If she finished in the top four, which was well within her reach, she would have earned All-County honors.
Head coach Eddie Arnold said on Monday that Connolly-Sporing was disappointed but he also added that she has plenty to look forward to. He expects the junior runner to be one of several strong athletes for the outdoor team this spring.
The Southampton boys track and field team finished up the season at the state qualifier meet as well. Joseph Strassfield finished eighth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.90, missing out on making the finals by just two spots. Sophomore Jesse Scanlon finished tied for sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 6 inches.