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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)

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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…)

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Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line first in the 3,000-meter race Sunday at the Section XI State Qualifier. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line first in the 3,000-meter race Sunday at the Section XI State Qualifier. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI STATE QUALIFIER

Katherine Lee had plenty of reason to be happy after winning the 3,000-meter race Sunday. The Shoreham-Wading River freshman’s victory clinched her a spot in the state championship.

But it was after the 1,500 — a race that she didn’t win — that brought out the biggest smiles.  (more…)

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River freshman Kaitlyn Ohrtman won the 3,000 and 1,500 Saturday at the League V Championship.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River freshman Kaitlyn Ohrtman won the 3,000 and 1,500 Saturday at the League V Championship.

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Kaitlyn Ohrtman didn’t know what to expect running two distance events at Saturday’s League V Championship at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. In a compact meet, Ohrtman had little time after running the 3,000 to regroup for the 1,500.

Rarely this season has she had to run the two distance events at the same meet. Typically after the 3,000, she would wait to run a relay at the end.

Saturday presented a new challenge.

“I tried to make sure I hydrated between [events],” Ohrtman said.

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She was more than up to the task, winning both events to help lead the Wildcats to a second-place finish in the league behind Bayport-Blue Point, which ran away with the title.

Ohrtman opened the meet by winning the 3,000 in 10 minutes 57.82 seconds. She followed that with a freshman school record time of 5:07.4 to win the 1,500. She already owned the freshman school record in the 3,000 based on her performance at the Yale Track Classic last weekend when she ran 10:46.02 to win the fourth heat.

“I’ve been improving a lot in the 3,000,” Ohrtman said.

Her time at Yale was a personal record as was her 1,500 time Saturday, she said.

Shoreham coach Paul Koretzki said he prefers to limit his younger runners to two races at an event like the league championship.

“Most of my kids ran two except for kids who high jumped and did things like that,” he said.

The Wildcats tallied 83 points to finish behind the Phantoms’ 174. Bayport was the clear favorite going into the meet and the Phantoms lived up to the expectations. The Phantoms won first in six of the 15 events.

In the 3,000 the Wildcats got a second-place finish from eighth-grader Alexandra Hays (11:13.28). A cluster of three Bayport runners followed the two Shoreham girls.

“For the first half of the 3,000 I was in the front half and then I started to pull away,” Ohrtman said.

In the 1,500, Ohrtman had a more than 10-second advantage over the next closest competitor, junior Courtney Dooley from Bayport (5:17.79).

The Wildcats got a second-place finish in the shot put from senior Meghan Serdock, who threw 26 feet 5 1/2 inches. In the 600 senior Laura Lee ran 1:43 for second place.

Senior Amanda Welischer took third in the 55 hurdles in 9.44. She also high jumped 4-03 for third place. Only four girls competed in the high jump. Senior Kylie Trettner was third in the 1,500 walk in 8:21.09. Freshman Marianna McCarthy was fifth in 8:59.14.

McGann-Mercy finished sixth with 20 points.

The Monarchs got a second-place finish in the 1,000 from freshman Meg Tuthill in 3:17.83. Junior Delina Auciello was third in the 600 in 1:43.88. Junior Danisha Carter was fourth in the 55-dash in 8.05.

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