03/07/15 5:40pm
Meg Tuthill of McGann-Mercy runs at a meet earlier this year. She finished XX Saturday in the 1,000 at the state meet. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Meg Tuthill of McGann-Mercy runs at a meet earlier this year. She finished XX Saturday in the 1,000 at the state meet. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

As far as the gameplan went (run with the pack and use a late kick near the end), Meg Tuthill ran as good a race as one could ask. It was the placement she wasn’t as happy with.

Tuthill won her section in the 1,000 meters, but the Bishop McGann-Mercy junior finished 11th overall at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships on Saturday. (more…)

03/07/15 1:00pm
Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson was among the best track and field athletes in New York State to compete in Cornell University's Barton Hall on Saturday. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson was among the best track and field athletes in New York State to compete in Cornell University’s Barton Hall on Saturday. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Last winter Jacob Robinson described the experience of running in his first indoor state track and field meet as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. He could have amended that on Saturday to a “twice-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

For the second year in a row, Robinson made it to the awards podium, where he stood with a pair of third-place medals (one for the state public schools and one for the federation) dangling around his neck. For the second year in a row, the Riverhead senior ran the 200-meter leg for a third-place intersectional medley-relay team. (more…)

03/06/15 3:00pm
Jacob Robinson and his headband will be part of Section XI's distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jacob Robinson and his headband will be part of Section XI’s distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The fastest-moving headband in Riverhead High School these days belongs to Jacob Robinson.

Robinson has an affable way about him, with a friendly face and a pleasant demeanor to match. When he is on the track, the senior sprinter can be found wearing his trademark white headband. The headband has become as much a part of his persona as his blistering speed and his insatiable desire to run faster. (more…)

03/04/15 5:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Kaitlyn Ohrtman, who has recovered from a breathing condition she had in 2013, will run the 1,500 meters in Saturday's state meet. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Kaitlyn Ohrtman, who has recovered from a breathing condition she suffered in 2013, will run the 1,500 meters in Saturday’s state meet. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Kaitlyn Ohrtman is not easily deterred. It would take a lot to prevent the Shoreham-Wading River High School junior from running.

That sort of approach got Ohrtman into some trouble during the cross-country season in the fall of 2013. She believes that by running while she had a chest cold at the time, she had developed a condition in which her vocal chords closed when she breathed in instead of opening up like they should. Sometimes, she said, she felt as if she was breathing through a straw.

Ohrtman’s breathing condition has since been corrected, and she said she has been feeling fine. Her times don’t lie. They have been good. (more…)

03/02/15 10:00am
Bill Kanz of Orient ice boating on Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Bill Kanz of Orient ice boating on Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Before the invention of the airplane, the fastest moving vehicle on the planet was an ice boat. Ice boats can fly on solidified water. All it takes is a stiff wind, a flat ice surface and an adventurous soul.

Bobby Abel of East Quogue, who has been involved in ice boating for 46 of his 51 years, said it is “like flying on land. There’s nothing like it.” (more…)

02/25/15 10:00am
Rob Gabrielsen and his wife Amanda along with Ayden and Robert, far right, skating on the family rink in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Rob Gabrielsen and his wife Amanda along with Ayden and Robert, far right, skating on the family rink in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you build it, they will skate.

The Gabrielsen family of Jamesport has a love of winter sports. Some Scandanavian blood runs in the family, so that may have something to do with it. But the Gabrielsens’ enthusiasm for skating goes beyond that of most people. After all, how many families can say they have an ice skating rink in their backyard? (more…)

02/22/15 7:06pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz finished sixth in the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes 40.13 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

Jacob Robinson walked out of St. Anthony’s High School with a couple of well-earned plaques in his hand on Sunday afternoon. The Riverhead High School senior was involved in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational.

Robinson, wearing his trademark white headband, clocked a time of 36.31 seconds in the 300-meter dash. The only faster times among the 31 competitors were turned in by Luke Germanakos of Lynbrook (35.17), Kyle Watkins of Longwood (35.75) and Kory Fitzgerald of Half Hollow Hills West (36.10). They are all seniors. Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Dale Kelly came in sixth in 36.47. (more…)

02/22/15 6:27pm
Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Lexce Smith running in the frosh/soph 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Megan Kelly won her heat in the 300 meters and finished 16th overall with a time of 45.81 seconds. (Credit: Garret Meade)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

One of the qualities Shoreham-Wading River coach Paul Koretzki likes best about his standout long-distance runner, Katherine Lee, is her knack for rising to the occasion and coming up big in the big track and field meets.

She did it again on Sunday.

Lee wasn’t impressed with her time, but it was fast enough to bring her first place in the 3,000 meters in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington. The freshman tuned up for the upcoming state meet by clocking a time of 11 minutes 4.50 seconds. Bay Shore junior Alexandra Peck was second in 11:09.77. (more…)