Sal Loverde, coach of the Riverhead High School boys winter track team, has a message to deliver: Look out for the Blue Waves.
“The story of this year’s team is we are a youthful program that is going to be on the rise, without question,” he said. READ
The heat was on — literally and figuratively.
For cross-country runners, the Section XI Championships, a state qualifying meet, are akin to a pass-or-fail test.
“Final exam time,” said Bishop McGann-Mercy coach Les Williams. READ
One will not find a star runner among them, but that doesn’t mean the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys cross-country team will not be shooting for the sky — or at least the top of Suffolk County League VI.
Ah, to be young again.
It’s a great feeling for the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys track and field team.
Some of the Wildcats’ best runners this year are underclassmen.
Different? Oh, yes. Running is much different in track and field than in football. For one thing, no one’s trying to hit you.
As a quarterback for the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School football team, Ryan Razzano was running to avoid being hit by 300-pound linemen. On the track, he is running to beat the clock.
Most high school cross-country coaches will talk about their top seven runners, the ones they are pinning their hopes on for a successful season.
Bishop McGann-Mercy coach Les Williams? He has exactly seven runners this fall.
The Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School boys track and field team has a lot more than two future college athletes in Alex Frabizio and Dale Kelly. That duo also serves as de facto assistant coaches and recruiters.
Even more impressive yet may be the words their coach had to say about them.
Standing at the starting line, Katherine Lee looked uneasy and unsure of herself, as if it was the first time she had ever stepped on a track. READ