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Sep 17, 2019 2:58 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Busy Start To The Season For Southampton Cross Country Teams

Southampton's Dreanne Joseph runs at the Jim Smith Invitational at Sunken Meadow on Saturday. MICHELLE MALONE
Sep 17, 2019 2:58 PM

The Southampton boys and girls cross country teams had busy opening weeks to start the season last week. After competing in their first dual meets on September 10 at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays, they returned to Red Creek for the Peconic Invitational on Thursday, September 12, then traveled to Sunken Meadow Park in Kings Park on Saturday for the Jim Smith Invitational.

The Southampton boys won their season-opening meet, 21-38, over Hampton Bays. Zac Mobius, Griffin Schwartz and Billy Malone swept the first three placements in 19:28 to win the meet for the Mariners. The Baymen took the next two placements, while the Mariners took six through nine. Southampton head coach Eddie Arnold said that the back of his pack of runners are going to have to improve if his team is going to continue its league title streak.

“The back of the pack is going to be the difference when we face teams like John Glenn,” he said. “We’re really going to need them to step up in order to secure those victories.”

Southampton only took a group of freshmen runners to the Peconic Invitational. Evan Simioni won the 1.5-mile race in 9:41.45 and Joseph Cerullo and Dylan Koszalka finished seventh and eighth in 10:11.28 and 10:23.09, respectively.

Malone placed third out of 182 runners in the sophomore 5K at the Jim Smith Invitational on Saturday. He crossed the finish line in 18:48.75. Mobius finished the junior 5K in 18:42.83, finishing 19th out of 153 runners. Schwartz placed 22nd in the junior race in 18:56.36.

The Lady Mariners lost their season opener, 15-40, to Center Moriches. Purcell broke the top 25 in the senior 5K at the Jim Smith Invitational, placing 19th out of 95 runners in 24:19.82.

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