At a track and field meet in which Miasha Pittman had done so much, all one had to do was watch the last 100 meters of the meet to understand what Pittman is all about.
After receiving the baton from Nia Johnson in the 4 x 100-meter relay, the Riverhead High School sophomore quickly took the lead from Smithtown East’s anchor runner. Then, in a furious sprint down the homestretch, the look on Pittman’s face was one of pure determination. READ
The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team has a lot of individual talent, although coach Paul Koretzki isn’t necessarily certain how that will add up in dual meets.
“We’re not going to be very strong in the league as a team, but the team is getting better,” he said. “I don’t really know where it’s going. We’re not going to be a power. We will score well in the divisions because that’s the kind of team we are.” READ
Shoreham-Wading River High School may have had better girls track and field teams, but the top end of the roster is as good as it has ever been.
That’s what Paul Koretzki says, and he should know better than anyone, having coached the team since its inception in 1980.
On the first day of girls track and field practice at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, recent all-New York State athlete Meg Tuthill reminded her teammates about the Monarchs’ winning tradition. READ
Riverhead senior Ashley-Ann Courts competes in the long jump Tuesday in a dual meet against Smithtown West. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
Megan Carrick opened up the lead early on the first leg. On the final event of Tuesday’s dual meet, the Riverhead junior raced out to a fast start for the Blue Waves in the 4 x 400 relay.
As the baton switched hands, ultimately landing in those of senior Ashley-Ann Courts, the Blue Waves’ lead was never in doubt. As Courts crossed the finish line, capping the win in 4 minutes 52.5 seconds, the Blue Waves at last had a reason to smile. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alexandra Hays was a runner-up in the 3,000 meters at last year’s Section XI Individual Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team had quite a fruitful season in 2014. So, what else is new?
Success has become just as much a part of the sport for the Wildcats as batons, hurdles and spikes. In 1980, when Paul Koretzki took over as the team’s coach, Shoreham went 7-2 in dual meets. With the exception of 2001, when they lost twice, it was the only year since then that they have lost more than once in a season. (more…)
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…)