It didn’t bring him a gold medal, but Rickie Casazza turned a scary moment into a golden moment for him in the state winter track championships Saturday.
The Shoreham-Wading River high jumper had missed his first two attempts at 6 feet, 4 inches. Then the senior cleared the height on his third and final try. That enabled him to go on and clear 6-5 and then 6-6, leaving him in second place at Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex in Staten Island. READ
Kian Martelli was hurting — and evidently feeling great at the same time.
The Riverhead High School junior had his share of physical issues. His right knee was bothering him as were both shins. And then there was a hand injury.
“Everything hurts,” he said. READ
Kian Martelli is the first to admit that he’s not the same athlete in training as he is in an official competition. When it comes to a track and field meet, that’s when the real competitor in Martelli comes out — all 6 feet, 2 3/4 inches of him.
From a distance, Riverhead boys winter track coach Sal Loverde could see the intensity in Martelli’s eyes as he stepped up for a triple jump in the Section XI large school team championships Monday night. “He’s fired up right now,” Loverde said. “Let’s see what he does.” READ
It was a field day for Riverhead — and Kian Martelli.
Martelli was ecstatic. The Riverhead High School junior glowed with excitement Saturday after becoming the Suffolk County League II triple jump champion. READ
Ryan Carrick is following in some big footsteps, literally and figuratively. READ
The tall figure of Kian Martelli stretched his long right arm up toward the board listing the Riverhead High School track and field records and pointed. “That’s what I want,” he said. READ
As the top-seeded runner in his heat, Eric Cunha knew he pretty much had to win his heat in order to walk away with a state medal. That’s a lot easier said than done. Still, the Riverhead High School senior was determined and not to be denied. READ
Track and field coaches often urge runners to “hit the wall,” push themselves to the limit. It’s a lot easier said than done. All one had to do was watch Eric Cunha will himself to the finish line and then observe his body language afterward to know that the Riverhead High School senior had not only hit the wall, but burst through it. READ