The sun was out, the pollen count was down and Eric Cunha’s bright mood matched the conditions.
As compared to the first day of the Section XI boys track and field division championships two days earlier, which featured driving rain and chilly temperatures, Wednesday was a treat. No rain. Not too hot. Not too cold.
Eric Cunha’s reaction to waking up Monday morning with his allergies bothering him and then hearing about rain in the forecast for later in the day could be summed up in one word: ugh!
The Riverhead High School senior hoped the inclement weather would lead to a postponement of the Section XI Division Championships, but it wasn’t to be. Like it or not, Cunha had a race to run, and he wasn’t exactly thrilled.
What was Matt Rose’s initial reaction when he realized he would have to deal with rain, wind and 50-degree weather on Saturday?
“This is going to stink,” he said.
Talk about hitting the ground running. Eric Cunha ran and ran and ran — and then he ran some more.
Cunha wasn’t allowed the luxury of easing gently into the spring season. In his first track and field meet since competing in a national indoor meet in March, the Riverhead High School senior ran in four events — totaling four miles — and walked away a winner in each of them Wednesday.
Ah, to be young again.
It’s a great feeling for the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys track and field team.
Some of the Wildcats’ best runners this year are underclassmen.
Keith Reda’s record is safe — at least for now.
Mattituck High School senior Jack Dufton was approaching the school pentathlon record of 2,933 points that Reda set in 1990.
Winning can be so sweet.
Winning a second year in a row is so much sweeter.
Just ask Riverhead High School senior Curtis Flippen, who won the Suffolk County Division II triple jump championship for the second consecutive year at Centereach High School Monday afternoon.
When Dan Montenegro was a child, his parents started calling him “Cricket” because he liked to jump around so much. All of that jumping has landed the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys track and field team a new triple jumper.
Montenegro wowed observers Friday when on his first attempt in the event in an official competition, he popped a distance of 36 feet 4 1/4 inches.