05/31/14 5:17pm
05/31/2014 5:17 PM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Delina Auciello makes a splash as the top Division II finisher in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. She was 12th overall in 7 minutes 41.59 seconds. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Delina Auciello makes a splash as the top Division II finisher in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. She was 12th overall in 7 minutes 41.59 seconds. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

The lasting image of Maddie Blom on Friday was one of devastation. Having just completed one of her worst days throwing the discus, the Riverhead High School senior was hunched over, her emotions getting the best of her as she was being consoled.

Blom, who had been seeded fourth in the event for the Section XI Individual Championships/state qualifier, has thrown the discus as far as 113 feet 7 inches. On Friday, she fouled before turning in throws of 94 feet 1 inch and then 101, and her day was done. She finished a disappointing eighth. (more…)

05/19/14 9:57pm
05/19/2014 9:57 PM
McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill finished third in the 800 at Monday's Division II Championship. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill finished third in the 800 at Monday’s Division II Championship. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

It would be understandable if Meg Tuthill felt a tad overwhelmed at the start of the 800-meter race Monday in the Division III Championships. The McGann-Mercy sophomore stood at the starting line surrounded by some of the top runners on Long Island: the Guevara sisters of Miller Place and Sarah Hardle of John Glenn, who last spring finished sixth in the 800 at the state championship.  (more…)

03/01/14 3:19pm
03/01/2014 3:19 PM
From left, Section XI's triumphant distance-medley relay team of Bishop McGann-Mercy's Meg Tuthill, Copiague's Nickeela Austin, Bayport-Blue Point's Courtney Dooley and Connetquot's Erin Melly. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

From left, Section XI’s triumphant distance-medley relay team of Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Meg Tuthill, Copiague’s Nickeela Austin, Bayport-Blue Point’s Courtney Dooley and Connetquot’s Erin Melly. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The members of Section XI’s distance-medley relay team were essentially strangers just a few days earlier. On Saturday afternoon, they became tied together forever as state champions.

Describing the scene on the podium at Cornell University’s Barton Hall, one of those team members, Meg Tuthill, said, “It was like we were all best friends — and we don’t really know each other.”

A state winner’s medal will do that.  (more…)

02/21/14 6:17pm
02/21/2014 6:17 PM
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
02/08/2014 5:40 PM
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…)