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Feb 13, 2018 2:19 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton's Sebastian Pereira Qualifies For State Indoor Track Meet In Triple Jump

Feb 13, 2018 6:25 PM

Southampton senior Sebastian Pereira is heading to the New York State Indoor Track Championships for the second time in his career.

Having also qualified as a sophomore, Pereira won the triple jump at the Section XI Championships, also known as the state qualifier, at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Monday night, paving his way to the state meet. He leaped 46 feet 10 inches, a personal best, and was a full three feet ahead of the second-place jumper, an impressive feat considering the indoor track state qualifier is against athletes from the entire county and there are no classifications. Pereira is also just three inches from besting the school record. States are Saturday, March 3, at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island.

Pereira just missed on qualifying in two events. He placed fourth in the long jump—the top three advance—reaching 21 feet 4¼ inches.

Caroline Palumbo, who was expected to compete in the girls 55-meter hurdles, sprained her ankle just prior to her race on Monday evening and was forced to sit out the race, missing out on a chance to qualify for states. Head coach Eddie Arnold said it was tough decision to scratch Palumbo, a junior, but that “the risk was greater than the reward.”

“It was a freakish accident and I don’t know exactly how it happened. It’s possible her spike just got caught in the track,” Arnold said of Palumbo. “Hopefully she heals properly but it was a bit disappointing that’s how she ended her season. It was a great season for the hurdlers. They really took it to another level. I had a lot of coaches coming over to me and saying that they made a nice impact on the field and they’ll be ones to watch for as we close the chapter on this season and get ready for the spring.”

Stephanie Schiavoni, a senior, competed in the hurdles and placed 15th in the county in 9.47 seconds.

Michelle Gagliardo finished the 1,000-meter race in 3:16.21, which placed her 10th. Arnold said it was one of best races of the season.

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