Runners in the 1,500-meter race pass the scoreboard near Mattituck’s new track on Monday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
MONARCHS 82, TUCKERS 59
It was a big day for the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls track and field team, a special day for Maddie Joinnides, and an historic day for the Mattituck track program.
The sun smiled down upon Mattituck High School’s brand new all-weather track, which was christened on Monday. McGann-Mercy needed to win only one of the three relay events in order to secure the Suffolk County League VIII dual meet, but instead swept them all. A first-place finish by the 4×100-meter relay team clinched an 82-59 victory for the Monarchs. Juliana Cintron-Leonardo, Olivia Kneski, Lindsey Woodhull and Adafih Blackburn turned in a winning time of 56.1 seconds. (more…)
Riverhead senior Ashley-Ann Courts competes in the long jump Tuesday in a dual meet against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
Megan Carrick opened up the lead early on the first leg. On the final event of Tuesday’s dual meet, the Riverhead junior raced out to a fast start for the Blue Waves in the 4 x 400 relay.
As the baton switched hands, ultimately landing in those of senior Ashley-Ann Courts, the Blue Waves’ lead was never in doubt. As Courts crossed the finish line, capping the win in 4 minutes 52.5 seconds, the Blue Waves at last had a reason to smile. (more…)
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)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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)
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…)