The Southold/Greenport boys track and field team has heart. Now it has something else — a league championship, the first in team history.
Southold clinched at least a share of first place in Suffolk County League VIII with a 95-40 trouncing of host Mattituck Thursday. The victory in Southold’s final dual meet of the season brought its record to 6-1, 5-1 in the league. Mattituck is 0-4, 0-4.
“I think the team did great,” Southold assistant coach Joe Corrado said. He continued: “It’s always nice to see them beat a rival. Our kids showed up, very respectful, and they played with heart today and I can’t complain about that.”
Southold’s 4×100-meter relay team of Hunter Magnuson, Dante Tramontana, Kenny Latham and Jorge Torrento set a school record with their winning time of 46.96 seconds. That eclipsed the previous record of 47.24 they set earlier this season.
Other Southold victories were turned in by Kevin Azama in the high jump (personal-record 5 feet, 8 inches), Jackson Rung-Wile in the long jump (19-5) and 200 (personal-record 24.7), Sean McHugh in the pole vault (9-0) and Miguel Torres in the 400 (55.6).
The First Settlers knew what was at stake in the meet.
“This whole entire week they’ve been focused on the league championship, but not only the league championship, but also bettering themselves and also looking forward to divisionals, freshman/sophomore, state qualifier, states,” Corrado said. “The major thing is never underestimate an underdog, keep your head focused and always just run your heart out.”
The First Settlers were a happy group on the short bus ride back to their school.
Corrado said, “They were singing karaoke on the bus the whole time, cheering.”
Photo caption: The Southold/Greenport boys track and field team claimed its first ever league championship at Mattituck Thursday. (Credit: courtesy Karl Himmelmann)