The Southampton girls indoor track team had one of its best showings of the season at the Zeitler Relays at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Thursday, January 10.
Each school competes against its respective league opponents—Southampton is in League V—at the Zeitlers and all events are contested as relays, including field events.
Amanda Mannino, Katey O’Brien, Taylor Zukosky and Michelle Gagliardo won the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, which consists of 400-, 200-, 200- and 800-meter legs, in that order. They won in 10:13.51, 20 seconds ahead of second place Elwood/John Glenn. Evie Purcell, Dreanne Joseph, Caroline Luss and Gagliardo placed second in the 4x400-meter relay in 4:34.51. The 4x200-meter relay team of Mannino, Zukosky, Joseph and Rebeka Moritz placed third in 1:58.69. O’Brien, Caroline Palumbo and Estelyn Montero placed third in the 3x55-meter shuttle hurdles in 31.08 seconds.
Bridget Ferguson and Emily Zukosky combined for a third-place finish in the high jump with 8 feet 11 inches. Ferguson had reached 4 feet 8 inches while Zukosky leaped 4 feet 3 inches. O’Brien and Moritz placed third together in the triple jump with a combined 60 feet 4 inches. O’Brien leaped 30 feet 9 inches while Moritz jumped 29 feet 7 inches.
Southampton head coach Eddie Arnold said that the team’s goal for this season has been to finish each meet with personal bests, and the Lady Mariners had a number of them at the St. Anthony’s Developmental Meet on January 5. Kiera Gill finished the 55-meter dash in 8.86 seconds and Michelle Morastitla finished in 10.4 seconds; O’Brien finished the 55-meter high hurdles in 9.24 seconds; Hallie Beeker ran the 1,000-meter race in 3:50; and Kasia Rus and Lilly D’Italia each had personal bests in the shot put.
Arnold said that the team will be missing a few athletes for this weekend’s League Championships on Sunday, but he expects all hands on deck for the Small Schools Championships which are February 2. He’s hoping to get a good number of athletes to the state qualifier. Just getting there, Arnold said, is a feat because schools aren’t divided by class or leagues at that point of the winter season.