05/29/15 9:50pm
05/29/2015 9:50 PM
Riverhead's Steven Reid, left, leans forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner for victory in the 4x100-meter relay. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Steven Reid, left, leans forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner for victory in the 4×100-meter relay. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

To say that Ryan DiResta had a good track and field meet would be putting it mildly. The Riverhead High School senior produced personal records in four of the five events that make up the pentathlon. No wonder he not only finished first in points, but he also set a school record in the process in the Division Championships at Comsewogue High School on Friday.

DiResta ended up with a total of 3,159 points to top the Suffolk County Division II field. That shattered Riverhead’s previous record of 2,791 that was set by Yves Perodin in 1993, according to coach Steve Gevinski.

“This is like a big achievement for me,” said DiResta, who is in his second year of competing in the pentathlon.

DiResta’s nearest competition came from Smithtown East senior Ben Lebit, who had 3,010 points.

To help him reach the top, DiResta put up personal-best numbers in the 110-meter high hurdles (second in 17.07 seconds), the high jump (second at 1.83 meters), the shot put (fourth at 11.03 meters) and the 1,500 meters (second in 4:36.00). He was also second in the long jump at 6.22 meters.

DiResta’s fine showing, along with victories by triple jumper Curtis Flippen and the 4×100-meter relay team, helped Riverhead to a third-place team ranking with 74 points. The only teams to finish ahead of the Blue Waves were Huntington (99) and Eastport/South Manor (86).

The most thrilling race of the day might have been Riverhead’s triumph in the 4×100 relay. In a photo finish, Steven Reid III leaned his head forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner by the slimmest of margins. After a review of the photo confirmed the victory, the Blue Waves screamed and jumped for joy.

The team, which included Andrew Smith, Jacob Robinson and Marcus Reid, Steven’s brother, was timed in 43.27 seconds, nipping out Copiague by 1/100th of a second.

On Wednesday, the first day of the meet, Flippen, a junior, covered 43 feet 4 1/4 inches to take first place in the triple jump.

Riverhead pole vaulters Kyle Gevinski and Brendan Krumbiegel finished in a four-way tie for second place, clearing 11-0.

Another Riverheader, Troy Trent, threw the shot put 54-1/2, good enough for second place.

Steven Reid III and Robinson turned in third-place finishes, with Reid’s time of 11.39 in the 100 and Robinson’s 50.09 in the 400.

EXHAUSTED KELLY TRIUMPHS IN 400 Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Dale Kelly was exhausted following the Division III 400-meter final, and for good reason. The junior had won in 50.02.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz flew to victory in the 800 in 1:59.18.

Mattituck junior Jack Dufton took second in the pentathlon with 2,683 points. Dufton capped off his meet with a winning time of 4:24.25 in the 1,600. He was also first in the high jump (1.73 meters), second in the shot put (9.77 meters), tied for third in the long jump (5.62 meters) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (19.95).

In the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, McGann-Mercy’s Alex Frabizio came in third in 57.63.

Shoreham’s Brendon Frances ended up third in the shot put with a throw of 45-0.

Amityville won the team title with 123 1/2 points. Shoreham (24) was ninth, McGann-Mercy (16) was 14th, Mattituck (8) was 17th and Greenport/Southold (2) was 19th.

bliepa@timesreview.com

04/17/15 6:48pm
04/17/2015 6:48 PM
Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school's indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school’s indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Not long after he had joined the Riverhead High School boys track and field team four years ago and discovered he had a talent for running fast, Jacob Robinson got into the habit after a race of asking the school’s winter coach, Sal Loverde, if he had run fast.

Loverde recalled, “He would just give me the look, you know, the Jacob look, and I would say: ‘No, you’re not fast yet. I’ll tell you when you’re fast.’ ”

And so it went over recent years. Then, one day this past winter, Robinson ran the 300 meters in a school record time of 35.52 seconds at The Armory in New York City. He gave Loverde that familiar look, as if to say, “So, what do you think?”

Loverde couldn’t deny what he had seen and had to concede, “Alright, maybe you’re fast now.” (more…)

03/26/15 5:00pm
03/26/2015 5:00 PM
Senior sprinter Jacob Robinson and his Riverhead teammates will face a lot of new compettion in League III. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Senior sprinter Jacob Robinson and his Riverhead teammates will face a lot of new competition in League III. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

PREVIEW

The 2014 Suffolk County League IV boys track and field championship came down to one event, the final event in the final dual meet of the season between East Islip and Riverhead.

“Heartbreaker, man,” said Riverhead coach Steve Gevinski, recalling the painful memory.

East Islip defeated Riverhead in that final event, the 4×100-meter relay, and with it took the league title.

(more…)

06/16/14 4:08pm
06/16/2014 4:08 PM

NEW BALANCE OUTDOOR NATIONALS

In track and field, the competition can make all the difference.

The competition in the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet helped Shoreham-Wading River High School senior Keith Steinbrecher in one sense, but running the 2,000-meter steeplechase in a slower heat hurt him in another. (more…)

05/31/14 5:26pm
05/31/2014 5:26 PM
From left, Half Hollow Hills West's Jarried Redwood, Shoreham-Wading River's Jordan Wright, Smithtown East's Shane Harris and Smithtown West's Andrew Lapreziosa lunging toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash finals. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

From left, Half Hollow Hills West’s Jarried Redwood, Shoreham-Wading River’s Jordan Wright, Smithtown East’s Shane Harris and Smithtown West’s Andrew Lapreziosa lunging toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash finals. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

The steeplechase is one of the most demanding events in track and field. Not only is it a grind physically, but it also presents an element of danger. That, along with the event’s novelty, may also be part of its allure. Bad things can happen when exhausted athletes try to clear barriers and navigate water jumps.

That was seen Saturday during the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Section XI Individual Championships/state qualifier. Around the midpoint of the race, Miller Place senior Jeremy Miekley ran into a barrier, slowing him up. Then, Huntington senior Nick Sherman took a fall at the last barrier before the final sprint to the finish line. (more…)

05/31/14 12:45am
Riverhead pole vaulter Charles Villa clearing 14 feet en route to his triumph Friday at Port Jefferson High School. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead pole vaulter Charles Villa clearing 14 feet en route to his triumph Friday at Port Jefferson High School. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

Strange as it may sound for the greatest pole vaulter in Riverhead High School history, but Charles Villa may have been suffering a crisis of confidence recently. His coaches noticed it.

One of those coaches, Jim Henderson, then provided the few words that Villa needed to hear. As Villa related, Henderson told him: “You got to stop being mental. You’re the best one here, so act like it, so jump like it.”

And, just like that, confidence was restored. (more…)

05/30/14 8:03pm
05/30/2014 8:03 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Ryan Udvadia passed Northport's brothers on the last lap before coming in first place in the 3,200 meters. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Ryan Udvadia passed the Northport brothers Tim and Jack McGowan with about 450 meters to go before coming in first place in the 3,200 meters. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

One of Ryan Udvadia’s biggest fans is none other than his coach, Bob Szymanski. Szymanski believes in Udvadia, and not only speaks highly of the Shoreham-Wading River High School senior, but puts his money where his mouth is.

Before the 3,200-meter race in the Section XI individual boys track and field championships/state qualifier on Friday, another coach wagered one dollar that Udvadia would not finish in first place. Szymanski accepted the bet. (more…)