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Wins For Southampton Track Teams

Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Cailin Riley   Apr 9, 2013 9:55 AM

Once again, depth and talent in a variety of events led the Southampton girls track and field team to a dominant win, this time an 85-47 triumph over Center Moriches at home on April 3. With the win, the Lady Mariners improved to 2-0 in League VII.

Standout distance runner Isabella Franz had a great day, winning both the 800- and 1,500-meter races with times of 2:33 and 5:24, respectively. She cruised easily to wins in both races and didn’t need to push herself for a personal-best time in either event.

Franz also anchored the winning 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams for Southampton. She joined Meggie Gallo, Jessa Laspesa and Emily Wesnofske to finish first, in 53.7 seconds, in the 4x100, and teamed up with Hannah Connolly-Sporing, Miranda Maloney and Paulina Kepcyznska to finish the 4x400 in 4:49.

Connolly-Sporing won the 400-meter race in a personal-best time of 64.3 seconds, and the Lady Mariners swept that event as Laspesa (67 seconds) and Maloney (74 seconds) finished second and third. Carley Guida was second in the 800-meter race, in 2:46, to put more points on the board for her team.

Gallo won the 100-meter dash in 13.7 seconds, followed by teammate Meghan Goleski, who was second with a time of 14 seconds.

Southampton swept the 200-meter race, with Wesnofske taking first, in 27.5 seconds, followed by Sydney Katz (29.6 seconds) and Brooklyn Walker (32.30 seconds).

The Lady Mariners also took the top three spots in the triple jump, with Gallo winning with a leap of 32 feet 2½ inches, a personal best. Laspesa was second with a mark of 31 feet 3 inches, while Delaney Jones was third with a mark of 27 feet 9 inches. Kepcynska had a personal-best jump of 26 feet 11 inches.

Valentina Kobler won the 1,500-meter racewalk in 10:16, while Wesnofske and Zoe Dupree finished one-two in the discus throw. Erika Gulija was second in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, while Kayla Cobb was third in the 100 hurdles. (Times were not available). Michele Abantangelo was second in the 3,000-meter race, in 12:41, and was third in the 1,500, in 5:48. Patti Sanchez had a personal-best time of 6:32 in the 1,500, while Mary Romano finished the 100-meter dash in 26 seconds.

Next up for the Lady Mariners is the Suffolk Coaches Invitational on Saturday at Bay Shore High School. It will be their last competitive tune-up before taking on Bayport/Blue Point on April 17. The Lady Phantoms are considered the team to beat in League VII and consistently have more depth and talent than most teams in Suffolk County.

First Win For Boys

The Southampton boys track and field team picked up its first League VII dual meet win of the season, beating Center Moriches, 84-40, on the road on April 3, improving to 1-1 on the year.

Jesse Scanlon was a triple threat for the Mariners, winning the long jump, triple jump and 110-meter hurdles for his team. He had a leap of 17 feet 5 inches in the long jump, a mark of 34 feet in the triple jump, and he finished the hurdles in 17.5 seconds.

Joe Strassfield won a pair of events for Southampton, finishing the 200-meter race in 23.45 seconds and the 400-meter race in 56 seconds. Southampton swept the 200, with Keaton Laub taking second and Andre Franklin finishing third.

Billy Cook picked up points for the Mariners in field events, winning the discus with a toss of 90 feet while taking second in the shot put with a mark of 33 feet.

Sebastian Cuyjet-Hunter highlighted the distance events for Southampton, winning the 800-meter race in 2:16.50.

The Mariners also swept all three relay events—the 4x100-meter relay, the 4x400 and the 4x800.

“There were great performances all around,” Dottin said after mentioning what he considered to be the highlights of the meet. “Everyone came together and did their best, and we were able to squeeze out a victory over an up-and-coming team.”

ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Saturday, 4/13, at Suffolk Coaches Meet (Bay Shore High School), 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 4/17, at Bayport/Blue Point, 4:30 p.m. Boys—Saturday, 4/13, at Knight Time Relays (Uniondale High School), 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 4/16, vs. Bayport/Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.

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