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Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alexandra Hays was a runner-up in the 3,000 meters at last year's Section XI Individual Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alexandra Hays was a runner-up in the 3,000 meters at last year’s Section XI Individual Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

PREVIEW

The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team had quite a fruitful season in 2014. So, what else is new?

Success has become just as much a part of the sport for the Wildcats as batons, hurdles and spikes. In 1980, when Paul Koretzki took over as the team’s coach, Shoreham went 7-2 in dual meets. With the exception of 2001, when they lost twice, it was the only year since then that they have lost more than once in a season. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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Bishop McGann-Mercy's Meg Tuthill ran to a second-place finish in the 800 meters in . (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill ran to a second-place finish in the 800 meters in 2 minutes 15.71 seconds. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

Bishop McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill took second place in the 800 meters in the Section XI girls track and field individual championships/state qualifier on Friday at Port Jefferson High School. Her time was 2 minutes 15.71 seconds. She finished behind Elwood/John Glenn senior Sarah Hardie, who won in 2:11.21.

A Shoreham-Wading River freshman, Alexandra Hays, was second in the 3,000 in 10:23.92. She followed Connetquot senior Erin Melly (10:16.41) to the finish line. (more…)

03/25/14 8:17pm
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Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck's Desirae Hubbard in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).

Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck’s Desirae Hubbard by 1/10th of a second in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).

WILDCATS 95, TUCKERS 55

It wasn’t a day conducive for good distances and times, being that it was only two meets into the high school girls track and field season and the athletes had to contend with a blast of cold weather. Regardless, the coaches of both teams said there were some fine performances, nonetheless.

Shoreham-Wading River had enough of them to pull away to a 95-55 victory over Mattituck in a Suffolk County League VII meet on Tuesday. (more…)

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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…)

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ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead junior Maria Dillingham returns as one of the Blue Waves’ top runners this winter.

For the past two years, the Riverhead girls winter track team has posted the top 4 x 800 relay team in League IV. As the Blue Waves enter a new season, the defending champs aim to keep that title with another goal in mind.

“The girls have a goal of breaking the Riverhead record for the indoor season that was set a few years back,” said coach Justin Cobis.

The Blue Waves return their entire quartet of the relay, featuring senior Rachel Conti, junior Maria Dillingham and sophomores Meghan Van Bommel and Megan Carrick.

“All of them have been there and done that and now want to kind of get their times down and maybe go for that school record,” Cobis said.

All four runners will be key athletes in a number of running events for the Blue Waves, who return a strong core of middle and distance runners.

Conti, who was third in the 1,000 at the league championship last year, will focus on the 600 and 1,000 again, Cobis said. Carrick and Van Bommel could end up running a number of different events and Cobis said as the season goes on, they’ll determine which events to focus on.

Dillingham ran the 600 last year at the league championship and was fourth.

Van Bommel, Carrick and Conti all ran cross country during the fall season. Dillingham was a key player on the field hockey team.

“She loves team sports and for her, winter track is kind of a little something different,” Cobis said.

The Blue Waves do lose several key athletes in field events to basketball. But they do return their pole vaulter, senior Danielle Thomas, who has tied the school record in the event for outdoor and indoor. Thomas will set her sights on setting that record for herself this year.

“She’s always been someone who really pushes herself every year to get a little bit better,” Cobis said. “She’s one of the best female pole vaulters we’ve ever had.”

Cobis said the next goal for her to reach is clearing 9 feet 6 inches.

A newcomer to the team this year is junior Ashley Courts, who Cobis said has a chance to be a solid 300 runner.

Freshman Gabriella Marcucci had a strong cross country season and will likely anchor the 3,000 for Riverhead.

“It’s something she asked for, which is something you never hear,” Cobis said. “That’s the longest race you can run, 15 laps indoors. It’s going to be exciting to see someone who wants to run that.”

The Blue Waves also return senior Madison Blom, who missed last year while away on an exchange program. Blom was an outstanding shot-putter as a sophomore two years ago.

Cobis said he’s excited to have her back on the team.

“She’s coming back with a lot to prove,” Cobis said.

The majority of kids on the winter track team will carry over to the spring season, so Cobis said it’s a good springboard.

With construction ongoing at the high school, the Blue Waves will be limited to how much indoor running they can do in the event of poor weather. It’ll be an obstacle, but one the Blue Waves are ready to overcome.

joew@timesreview.com

05/31/13 8:54pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck pentathlon athlete Shannon Dwyer competing in the 100-meter high hurdles on Friday.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck pentathlon athlete Shannon Dwyer competing in the 100-meter high hurdles on Friday.

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATE QUALIFIER

Delina Auciello is headed upstate and while she is up there, she will undoubtedly enjoy a piece of cake.

Auciello and another Bishop McGann-Mercy junior, Danisha Carter, both qualified on Friday for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls track and field championships. The timing is interesting, with the state meet to be held June 7 and 8 at Middletown High School. June 8 will be Auciello’s 17th birthday.

“That’s why I really wanted to go,” she said. “Yeah, it’s a birthday present.”

Auciello was ninth overall and the top Division II finisher in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10 minutes 58.39 seconds on Friday in the Section XI individual championship state qualifier at Port Jefferson High School. It was only her third time running the 3,000 competitively, and she was emotional following her race.

“I’m going to cry,” she said, but she successfully held back tears during an interview.

Auciello went to the state meet when she was a freshman as an alternate on a 4×400-meter relay team.

Cater punched her ticket to the state meet in both the 100- and 200-meter events by virtue of her performances on Friday. She clocked times of 13.03 seconds, bringing her 12th overall in the 100 preliminaries, and 26.22, good for seventh overall in the 200, but also qualifying her for Saturday’s finals in that event.

“We made it, yes,” Carter said. “I’m really, really excited, and it’s totally unbelievable.”

Carter said she was so amped up about the state qualifier that she “could not go to sleep last night at all. I was so pressured. I really, really wanted to do so good.”

Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Carter did well in the 200. She said it’s her favorite and best event. “That’s my race,” she said.

Earlier this season, Carter broke the school record in the 200 with a time of 26.20, which is just 2/100ths of a second off the time she recorded on Friday.

Now the two Monarchs will get to run on an even bigger stage.

“That’s all we wanted from the beginning of the year,” Carter said. “It’s what we’ve been looking forward to.”

If nothing else, it should make for a memorable birthday for Auciello.

TRACK NOTES Riverhead junior Kyra Braunskill took sixth place in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet 6 1/2 inches, a personal record.

The second and final day of the state qualifying meet will be tomorrow.

bliepa@timesreview.com