Shoreham-Wading River High School may have had better girls track and field teams, but the top end of the roster is as good as it has ever been.
That’s what Paul Koretzki says, and he should know better than anyone, having coached the team since its inception in 1980.
That sounds like an odd approach for a track and field runner, but that is exactly what Maddie Joinnides wants to do this season — off the track, of course.
This race promised to be a good one, and it didn’t disappoint.
It was an intriguing sight, to be sure. The leading six runners in the 12-girl field in the Division III 1,500-meter final were clumped together like a big ball of pasta for the first half of Thursday’s race as spectators at Comsewogue High School’s Tom Cassese Athletic Field waited for some separation. READ
The race between the two best high school girls 800-meter runners in Suffolk County lived up to expectations and then some on Tuesday afternoon.
Shoreham Wading River sophomore Katherine Lee outdueled Bishop-McGann Mercy senior Meg Tuthill, the top seed, defeating her rival by a step to capture the Division III crown at Comsewogue High School.
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.
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
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).
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…)
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…)