04/18/16 11:19pm
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While the final event of the evening played out, the real drama occurred on the infield grass at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School’s Harold T. Murray Memorial Field. Mattituck assistant coach Julie Milliman and McGann-Mercy coach Collin Zeffer knelt down on the infield grass with pens and paper in hand, calculating the scores of the various events in their girls track and field meet.

Then, when the high jump results were conveyed to them, they came up with the final score: 73-73.

A tie. Dead even.
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03/20/16 4:00pm
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On the first day of girls track and field practice at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, recent all-New York State athlete Meg Tuthill reminded her teammates about the Monarchs’ winning tradition. READ

05/28/15 9:59pm
05/28/2015 9:59 PM
Shoreham-Wading River pole vaulter Haley Lindell cleared 9 feet to finish in third place at the Division Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Shoreham-Wading River pole vaulter Haley Lindell cleared 9 feet to finish in third place at the Division Championships at Northport High School. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Shoreham-Wading River High School has a proud history of producing good long-distance runners. Perhaps it’s the wooded areas near the school that provide the right training venue for them, surmised Paul Koretzki, Shoreham’s girls track and field coach.

Whatever it is, it’s working. (more…)

05/12/15 10:17pm
05/12/2015 10:17 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Kaitlyn Butterfield, far left, and Meg Tuthill led the way during the 1,500-meter race. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MONARCHS 116, CLIPPERS 24

A league dual-meet championship in high school girls track and field can be a rather fragile thing. Because teams run only a handful of dual meets over the course of a season, a loss can be devastating to a team’s title chances.

That was the case with Bishop McGann-Mercy last year when the Monarchs lost their season-opening meet to Southampton. It was their one and only loss of the season, but it cost them the league championship.

The Monarchs haven’t slipped up since then, winning 11 straight dual meets since that loss to Southampton. With their 116-24 defeat of Greenport/Southold on Tuesday night in Riverhead, the Monarchs capped a 6-0 season and won the Suffolk County League VIII championship outright. It is their sixth league title since 2001 and fifth in seven years, according to the team’s second-year coach, Collin Zeffer. (more…)

04/13/15 8:26pm
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Runners in the 1,500-meter race pass the scoreboard near Mattituck's new track on Monday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

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…)

04/07/15 6:44pm
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Riverhead senior Ashley-Ann Courts competes in the long jump Tuesday in a dual meet against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

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…)

03/24/15 5:00pm
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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…)

02/22/15 6:27pm
02/22/2015 6:27 PM
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…)