Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson has his sights set on reaching the state meet in the 300-dash this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
The beginning of the winter track season is generally a tune-up for most athletes. It’s a chance for runners to get conditioning work in, experiment in different events and begin preparation for when the season really counts in late January and February.
Because of that, it’s uncommon to see too many record runs or personal bests early in the season. The idea is, gradually increase and peak at the end of the season and springboard into the outdoor season. (more…)
Riverhead junior Jacob Robinson picked up a medal as a member of Section XI’s third-place distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Bill Hedges)
If ever there was a mystery event in high school boys winter track, it is the distance-medley relay.
In the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships, each section sends out a team usually consisting of runners from four different schools who have never run in a meet together. Each runner runs a different distance than his teammates.
The event is not usually run during the rest of the season, and with no previous results to refer to, which team will win is anybody’s guess. Even the runners themselves aren’t sure whether they are headed for a first-place finish — or dead last. (more…)