Both the Southampton boys and girls track teams had a week off from dual meet action and participated in invitationals, with the boys traveling to Commack High School on Saturday for the Suffolk Coaches Meet, while the Lady Mariners participated in the Joe Brandi Relays at Connetquot High School on Saturday and also took part in Steeplefest at Port Jefferson High School on Wednesday, April 16.
Noelle Hodges and Gabby Gavalas made quite a team at the Joe Brandi Relays.
Hodges, a senior, and Gavalas, a sophomore, won the triple jump relay with a combined distance of 67 feet, 10 and 1/2 inches. Hodges tied Ciara Pettaway’s school record with a leap of 36 feet, and had the best mark of any competitor on the day, while Gavalas had a mark of 31 feet, 11 and 1/2 inches, personal-best efforts for both jumpers. Southampton head coach Eddie Arnold described the win as particularly impressive because of the number of schools present at the meet as well as the fact that many much larger schools were in attendance.
Hodges also teamed up with Erika Gulija to take third in the long jump relay, with Gulija jumping a personal-best 15 feet, 10 inches, while Hodges reached a personal-best 16 feet, 9 and 1/2 inches, for a total of 32 feet, 7 and 1/2 inches.
Brook-Lyn Walker also had a personal-best mark on the day in the triple jump, reaching 31 feet, 8 and 1/2 inches.
The Lady Mariners entered a team in the 4×200-meter relay, but Arnold said his team is still experimenting with finding the best fit for its signature event, the 4×100-meter relay. Because the team has been so focused on winning the league dual meet title, Arnold hasn’t been too concerned with perfecting any individual events yet, he said, but pointed out that his team still hopes to send a 4×1 squad to states for what would be the 10th consecutive year.
At the Steeplefest event, Hannah Connolly-Sporing was 12th in the novice 2,000-meter steeplechase in 8:22, while Gulija placed in the top 15 in the both the long jump and triple jump.
Southampton was slated to compete in the Penn Relays on Thursday, April 24, with both a 4×100- and 4×400-meter relay team, and will compete in the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday. The Lady Mariners will host Hampton Bays in a dual meet on Monday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m.
Jesse Scanlon and Spencer Crough were the standouts for Southampton at the Suffolk Coaches Meet on Saturday. Scanlon continued to prove his talent in a number of different events, winning the freshman/sophomore long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 7 and 1/4 inches, while taking third in the open triple jump with a mark of 43 feet, 10 and 1/2 inches. Scanlon also made it to the finals in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing fifth overall in 15.86 seconds.
Crough had an impressive third-place finish in the freshman/sophomore 800-meter race in 2:06.06, while Timmy Alejo tied for sixth in the freshman/sophomore high jump, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches.
The Mariners will compete at the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Saturday, and will visit Hampton Bays for a dual meet on Monday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m.