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Meg Tuthill of McGann-Mercy runs at a meet earlier this year. She finished XX Saturday in the 1,000 at the state meet. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Meg Tuthill of McGann-Mercy runs at a meet earlier this year. She finished XX Saturday in the 1,000 at the state meet. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

As far as the gameplan went (run with the pack and use a late kick near the end), Meg Tuthill ran as good a race as one could ask. It was the placement she wasn’t as happy with.

Tuthill won her section in the 1,000 meters, but the Bishop McGann-Mercy junior finished 11th overall at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships on Saturday. (more…)

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Shoreham-Wading River junior Kaitlyn Ohrtman, who has recovered from a breathing condition she had in 2013, will run the 1,500 meters in Saturday's state meet. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Kaitlyn Ohrtman, who has recovered from a breathing condition she suffered in 2013, will run the 1,500 meters in Saturday’s state meet. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Kaitlyn Ohrtman is not easily deterred. It would take a lot to prevent the Shoreham-Wading River High School junior from running.

That sort of approach got Ohrtman into some trouble during the cross-country season in the fall of 2013. She believes that by running while she had a chest cold at the time, she had developed a condition in which her vocal chords closed when she breathed in instead of opening up like they should. Sometimes, she said, she felt as if she was breathing through a straw.

Ohrtman’s breathing condition has since been corrected, and she said she has been feeling fine. Her times don’t lie. They have been good. (more…)

02/21/14 6:17pm
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Riverhead shot putter Maddie Blom made a throw of 36 feet 6 inches to finish fourth in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational. (Robert O'Rourk photo)

Riverhead shot putter Maddie Blom made a throw of 36 feet 6 inches to finish fourth in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational. (Robert O’Rourk photo)

LONG ISLAND ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL

If Maddie Blom’s aim in competing in the prestigious Long Island Elite Track Invitational on Friday was to face top-flight competition in advance of the upcoming state meet, it worked.

While some of Long Island’s best shot putters may not have exactly brought out the best in Blom, they came quite close. The Riverhead High School senior turned in a throw of 36 feet 6 inches — within one inch of her personal record. It was good for fourth place in the meet at St. Anthony’s High School. Finishing ahead of Blom were Manhasset senior Tara Belinsky (41-11), Holy Trinity junior Kristina Insingo (41-4) and Half Hollow Hills West senior Oyinkansola Adewale (39-4 1/4). (more…)

02/08/14 5:40pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Maddie Blom, whose throw of 35 feet 9 1/2 inches brought her second place in the shot put at the Section XI Championships, qualified for the state meet.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Maddie Blom, whose throw of 35 feet 9 1/2 inches brought her second place in the shot put at the Section XI Championships, qualified for the state meet.

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ithaca isn’t exactly France, but that is where Maddie Blom wanted to go, and she is headed there. (more…)

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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | From left, Shoreham-Wading River's Ryan Udvadia, Mount Sinai's Daniel Connelly, Tim McGowan and his brother Jack McGowan of Northport all finished within 0.25 seconds of each other in the 3,200 meters.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | From left, Shoreham-Wading River’s Ryan Udvadia, Mount Sinai’s Daniel Connelly, Tim McGowan and his brother Jack McGowan of Northport all finished within 0.25 seconds of each other in the 3,200 meters.

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jordan Wright is known for his fast starts in the 55-meter dash. It is because of them, perhaps, that he is headed toward a fine finish to his final high school boys winter track season. (more…)

01/05/14 4:09pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Katharine Lee was first in the 1,500 meters and second in the 600 on Sunday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Katharine Lee was first in the 1,500 meters and second in the 600 on Sunday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Sunday was anything but a day of rest for one of the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls winter track team’s most promising young runners.

Katharine Lee, an eighth-grader with fleetness of foot, took first place in the 1,500 meters and second in the 600 in a crossover meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Lee breezed to victory in the 1,500 in 5 minutes 8.81 seconds. The next finisher was Eastport/South Manor junior Ashley Schafer in 5:17.68.

In the 600, Lee was edged out at the finish by Bay Shore senior Jacqueline Anderson. Anderson’s winning time was 1:43.41. Lee clocked 1:45.43.

Another Shoreham-Wading River runner, Kaitlyn Ohrtman, was a runner-up in the 1,000. Ohrtman, a sophomore, finished in 3:15.63, taking second to Bay Shore junior Nia McCaslin (3:13.87).

Shoreham-Wading River also picked up second place in the 4×800-meter relay in 11:19.56. Samantha Steele, Taylor Flanagan, Francesca Lilly and Lee ran for the Wildcats.

One of the top shot putters in Suffolk County, Riverhead’s Maddie Blom, showed why she is so highly regarded. Despite her claims of feeling a little under the weather, the senior turned in a throw of 36 feet 3 3/4 inches, good enough for second place. Half Hollow Hills West senior Oyinkansola Adewale took the event with her effort of 38-11 1/2.

Bishop McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter finished third in the 300 in 46.04 seconds. Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Megan Kelly was one place behind her in 46.46.

A teammate of Carter’s, sophomore Meg Tuthill, was fourth in the 600 in 1:50.19.

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02/23/13 3:58am
02/23/2013 3:58 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Laura Lee ran the 600 meters in 1 minute 40.32 seconds to finish fifth.

Laura Lee had an inkling that this was going to be a good day for her. And why not? With a fast track and a high level of competition, the conditions were ripe for a personal record, or pr in runners’ shorthand.

“I definitely knew it was a possibility,” she said.

Possibility became reality for Lee when the Shoreham-Wading River senior ran the 600 meters faster than she ever had before, in 1 minute 40.32 seconds. That left her in fifth place in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational at St. Anthony’s High School on Friday. She followed Bishop Kellenberg’s Jazmine Fray (1:36.52), Island Trees’ Alexa Dolgos (1:38.33), Bay Shore’s Jacqueline Anderson (1:39.98) and Sacred Heart’s Rosalie Caracciolo (1:40.23).

So, it was a plaque and a pr for Lee, who may have run in her final indoor high school event. She said she was unsure if she would compete in a national meet.

“Today went really smoothly, and the girls pushed the pace,” Lee said. “It’s an honor to run in the Long Island championships. It’s my senior season so I’m really glad to get a pr. I was really happy.”

Looking ahead to the future, Lee said she is excited about going to Williams College (Mass.), where she will run track and field, and possibly cross country as well.

In other events:

Riverhead pole vaulter Danielle Thomas went over the bar at 8 feet 6 inches, bringing her ninth place. The junior cleared 9-0 for the first time a week earlier.

“There are a lot of seniors who are graduating, so hopefully that opens up some room for her next year to really propel her upstate,” said Riverhead coach Justin Cobis.

Riverhead sophomore Maria Dillingham took 13th place in two events. In addition to running the 600 in 1:46.90, she also competed in the frosh/soph 300-meter dash, posting a time of 46.59.

Dillingham said it was an honor to compete in the prestigious meet.

“I wanted to get here all season,” she said. “I’m happy to be here.”

Cobis said of Dillingham: “She’s a very good competitor. She’s as tough as nails. She had a little bit of an off night tonight but, you know, she’s had a great progression through the entire season and she’s going to take that into the spring season and really propel forward.”

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Kaitlyn Ohrtman came in fourth in the frosh/soph 1,500. Her time was 5:02.79.

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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead's Maria Dillingham, right, and Miller Place's Kiera Lopez running side by side in the 600 meters.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead’s Maria Dillingham, right, and Miller Place’s Kiera Lopez running side by side in the 600 meters.

02/04/13 3:17pm
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SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Section XI Small School Championships are condensed and demanding. Over the span of four hours, some of the best high school girls winter track athletes may compete in as many as three events each.

That is why Shoreham-Wading River coach Roger Sullivan is judicious about what events he enters his athletes in. Sullivan said he confers with his assistant coach, Paul Koretzki, and they strategize, trying to figure out the best approach for the Wildcats.

“It’s a matter of looking at the other teams, and trying to figure out where we can score the most points,” said Sullivan.

It seems that they didn’t do a bad job, either. Shoreham-Wading River finished in the top one-third of the team scoring of the meet on Sunday at Suffolk County Community College West in Brentwood. By the time all 15 events were scored, Shoreham-Wading River was tied with Bellport with 26 points each for seventh place among the 21 teams. Miller Place won the meet with 80 points.

“We did probably a little better than we thought we [would do] in terms of points,” said Sullivan.

Headlining the day for Shoreham-Wading River were third-place finishes by senior Laura Lee in the 600 meters (1 minute 43.23 seconds), freshman Kaitlyn Ohrtman in the 3,000 (10:56.17) and the 4×200-meter relay. The relay team of senior Amanda Welischer, Lee, freshman Megan Kelly and senior Ashlyn Courtney Vicari clocked a time of 1:56.19, which is 2/10ths of a second off its season-best time.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Meghan Serdock turned in a personal-best throw of 30 feet 7 1/4 inches to grab fourth place in the shot put.

“Megan getting fourth in the shot was a big positive for us because we didn’t expect to get any points there,” said Sullivan.

Another fourth-place finisher was Welischer, whose 9.29 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles sliced 2/100ths off her previous season-best time.

Shoreham-Wading River was missing its best sprinter, junior Krista Braaten, who injured her ankle while performing in gymnastics and missed the league and county meets.

“She probably would have scored in the 55 and I’m sure she would scored in the long jump,” said Sullivan, who was uncertain about the extent of Braaten’s injury.

Although the winter track season has ended for most of the athletes, the top ones still have more competition ahead of them, with the Section XI Championships, a state qualifying meet, on Sunday. Sullivan said he expects Shoreham-Wading River to be represented in that meet by Lee in the 600, Ohrtman in the 3,000 or the 1,500, Serdock in the shot put, and Welischer in the 55-meter hurdles.

All in all, Shoreham-Wading River didn’t turn in a bad showing at the small school meet.

“In the events where we really do well, Miller Place was really strong,” said Sullivan, referring to running distances of 600 meters and longer. “The kids competed well. If we didn’t have a few injuries, I think we would have been stronger in some events, but that’s how it goes.”

Bishop McGann-Mercy ranked 20th in the team scoring with 3 points, a point apiece coming from three sixth-place finishers. Danisha Carter, a junior, ran the 300 meters in 47.83 seconds; junior Delina Auciello completed the 600 meters in 1:44.11; and freshman Margaret Tuthill turned in a time of 3:10.12 in the 1,000.

DILLINGHAM FIFTH IN 600 Riverhead sophomore Maria Dillingham finished fifth in the 600-meter final in the Section XI Large School Championships on Friday at Suffolk County Community College West. Dillingham’s performance brought the 21st-place Blue Waves their only 2 points in the meet. Riverhead’s 4×800-meter relay team of freshman Megan Carrick, junior Rachel Conti, Dillingham and freshman Megan Van Bommel finished one place out of the scoring, taking seventh in 10:32.73. Bay Shore won the team title with 101 1/2 points.

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