Track & Field: Locals compete at Nationals

06/16/2013 10:00 AM |
ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle.

It’s been a record-setting year for Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle in the pole vault. From the winter track season straight through the spring season, Normoyle and his Blue Wave teammates continued to impress with their ability to clear higher and higher heights.

Normoyle was one of several local athletes who wrapped up the spring season by competing this weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina.

Normoyle, a senior, competed in the emerging elite division for the pole vault and finished in 11th place. He cleared 14 feet 8 1/4 inches. Eleven vaulters finished at the same height, including third-place finisher Josh Hopkins from Massachusetts.

Two vaulters topped that mark. Dylan Altland of New Jersey and Ian West of North Carolina both cleared 15-02 1/4. Altland took first based on fewer jumps.

More than 40 vaulters competed in the competition.

Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Udvadia ran the two-mile championship race and finished 18th in 9 minutes 21.43 seconds.

Two runners cracked 9 minutes, including Sean McGorty of Virginia who ran 8:45.61 to take first place.

Shoreham also had a girls 4 x 800 relay team run at nationals. The quartet of Laura Lee, Makayla Meeker, Rose Andrews and Kaitlyn Ohrtmann ran 9:43.71 to finish ninth in the emerging elite division.

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