05/31/14 5:17pm
05/31/2014 5:17 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Delina Auciello makes a splash as the top Division II finisher in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. She was 12th overall in 7 minutes 41.59 seconds. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Delina Auciello makes a splash as the top Division II finisher in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. She was 12th overall in 7 minutes 41.59 seconds. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

The lasting image of Maddie Blom on Friday was one of devastation. Having just completed one of her worst days throwing the discus, the Riverhead High School senior was hunched over, her emotions getting the best of her as she was being consoled.

Blom, who had been seeded fourth in the event for the Section XI Individual Championships/state qualifier, has thrown the discus as far as 113 feet 7 inches. On Friday, she fouled before turning in throws of 94 feet 1 inch and then 101, and her day was done. She finished a disappointing eighth. (more…)

05/22/14 5:00pm
05/22/2014 5:00 PM
McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter, shown here Monday in the preliminaries, ran a personal best time in the 200-dash Wednesday at the Division III Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter, shown here Monday in the preliminaries, ran a personal best time in the 200-dash Wednesday at the Division III Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

In a 4 x 100-meter relay, every handoff is crucial. One small misstep can be all that it takes to squash a top time.

When McGann-Mercy’s relay team ran the preliminaries of the Division III Championships Monday at Connetquot High School, a shaky handoff between the first two legs served as important reminder. Back at practice the next day, the Monarchs spent a good chunk of time rehearsing the critical handoffs.  (more…)

03/01/14 3:19pm
03/01/2014 3:19 PM
From left, Section XI's triumphant distance-medley relay team of Bishop McGann-Mercy's Meg Tuthill, Copiague's Nickeela Austin, Bayport-Blue Point's Courtney Dooley and Connetquot's Erin Melly. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

From left, Section XI’s triumphant distance-medley relay team of Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Meg Tuthill, Copiague’s Nickeela Austin, Bayport-Blue Point’s Courtney Dooley and Connetquot’s Erin Melly. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The members of Section XI’s distance-medley relay team were essentially strangers just a few days earlier. On Saturday afternoon, they became tied together forever as state champions.

Describing the scene on the podium at Cornell University’s Barton Hall, one of those team members, Meg Tuthill, said, “It was like we were all best friends — and we don’t really know each other.”

A state winner’s medal will do that.  (more…)