06/12/15 7:24pm
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Riverhead senior Steven Reid III runs the final leg of the 4x100 relay at Friday's state championship meet. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Riverhead senior Steven Reid III runs the final leg of the 4×100 relay at Friday’s state championship meet. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

There were undoubtable mixed emotions for Riverhead’s 4×100 relay team following the Section XI State Qualifier last weekend. The Blue Waves, thanks to their personal best time, had punched a ticket to the state meet. But a second-place finish left a bitter taste.

On Friday afternoon, at the University at Albany, the Blue Waves’ quartet was nothing but smiles after running its best time once again.  (more…)

06/05/15 9:43pm
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Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line of the 3,000 in first place Friday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee crosses the finish line of the 3,000 in first place Friday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Katherine Lee can make running 7 1/2 times around a 400-meter track look easy. At times, the Shoreham-Wading River freshman can appear to have barely broken a sweat after crossing the finish line in her marquee event, the 3,000.

Friday was a different story.

After Lee whipped across the finish line well ahead of her competition in the Section XI Championships, she collapsed onto her knees, fully exhausted. She took a moment, and several deep breaths, before rising and gingerly walking off the track at Port Jefferson High School.

“It was the hardest I’ve ever gone,” Lee said an hour later, her enthusiasm and smile back after some welcome rest.

That effort translated into the fastest 3,000 time in school history, according to coach Paul Koretzki. Lee ran 9 minutes 54.16 seconds in a race she led from start to finish.

It topped the previous best of 10:04, set in 1987, Koretzki said.

The day didn’t start all that well for Lee. She admittedly doesn’t handle the buildup toward a race well.

“This whole day I’ve been a wreck,” she said. “I’ve been nervous. At school, everyone’s like, ‘What’s wrong?’ It was not a good day until I came here and ran.”

A nervous freshman before the race, Lee transforms into a confident veteran when the gun sounds. She charged into the lead right from the beginning, building a comfortable 20-meter lead in the middle of the race and never looking back.

She ran the record time even without a competitor breathing down her back. Taylor McClay, an Eastport-South Manor sophomore, came closest with a respectable finish of 9:59.32.

Lee said running most of the race alone made it easier on her.

“Whenever someone’s right on my shoulder I get a little nervous and I tighten up,” she said. “Today, I came up with a new race plan and I just kind of did it on the spot.”

Lee said her strategy was to count to 10. At 10, she would sprint for a few seconds. Then, count to 10 and repeat.

Lee has been in her share of big races already in her young career. She was the Class B state champion during the fall cross country season. In winter track she was all-state in the 3,000.

Next week’s trip to SUNY Albany will be her third voyage to states this year.

McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill finished second in the 800. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill finished second in the 800. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Lee will be joined again by McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill. The Monarchs’ top middle distance runner qualified for states for the third time this year. She’ll run the 800, and depending on Saturday’s results, possibly the 1,500 and 4 x 800 relay.

Tuthill ran a personal record time of 2:13.81 to take second place. As a Division II runner, Tuthill’s place in the state meet was never really in question. Her closest competition came from a teammate, sophomore Kaitlyn Butterfield. She finished ninth in 2:22.27.

For Tuthill, it was the best 800 race she ran since last year’s state qualifier, a race she also finished  second in.

Huntington senior Suzie Petryk won Friday’s race in 2:13.37.

Mercy coach Collin Zeffer summed up Tuthill’s race in one word: “Incredible.”

Tuthill used a different word.

“I’m going to say it was fun,” she said. “It was a lot of fun.”

Tuthill was seeded third. Between a quick start and strong finish, Tuthill edged Sachem East junior Alexandra DeCicco, who was seeded first and finished just under three seconds behind Tuthill.

Tuthill will have plenty of teammates joining her at the state meet. The Monarchs qualified their 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams in the preliminaries Friday. While neither team advanced to tomorrow’s finals, they only needed to beat the other Division II schools to qualify for states.

The 4 x 800 team runs tomorrow and the Monarchs could potentially sweep the relays.

Mercy’s 4 x 100 team of Juliana Cintron-Leonardo, Dayna Young, Delaney Macchirole and Adafih Blackburn ran 52.15. The 4 x 400 team featured two of the same girls: Macchirole and Young. They were joined by Olivia Kneski and Maddie Joinnides.

While no boys qualified for states on the first day of the championship, the Riverhead 4 x 100 relay team set itself up well with the top time in the preliminaries. The group ran 43.02 seconds.

They’ll run in the final event on the track Saturday.

In the shot put, senior Troy Trent finished eighth overall with a top mark of 47 feet 4 1/4 inches. He came into the meet seeded third. His top throw in his initial heat wasn’t enough to advance into the finals.

In the pole vault, sophomore Kyle Gevinski cleared 11 feet to finish in a tie for 10th.

The competition continues Saturday at Port Jefferson starting at 2:15 p.m.

joew@timesreview.com

03/07/15 5:40pm
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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)

NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

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…)

02/08/15 4:30pm
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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…)

02/01/15 8:00am
02/01/2015 8:00 AM
Shoreham_Wading River freshman Katherine Lee won two events Saturday at the small school county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham_Wading River freshman Katherine Lee won two events Saturday at the small school county championship. (Credit: Bill Landon)

SMALL SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

There are runners who cross the finish line after a race and can barely stand. The look of exhaustion on their face says it all. Some simply collapse onto the track after the finish line before regaining the strength to walk again.

Then there are runners like Katherine Lee.  (more…)

10/31/14 8:49pm
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The Class B county champion Shoreham-Wading River girls cross country team. Pictured are (from left) coach Paul Koretzki, Francesca Lilly, Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays, Katherine Lee, Amanda Dwyer, Payton Capes-Davis and Lexie Smith. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The Class B county champion Shoreham-Wading River girls cross country team. Pictured are (from left) coach Paul Koretzki, Francesca Lilly, Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays, Katherine Lee, Amanda Dwyer, Payton Capes-Davis and Lexie Smith. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

On a chilly day at Sunken Meadow State Park Friday, in temperatures ideal for cross country runners, the best of Suffolk County high schools vied for a chance to represent the section at the state competition next week.

The Shoreham-Wading River girls came into the meet with high expectations after winning the Section XI Division Championships Oct. 21.

The girls didn’t disappoint. (more…)

06/07/14 5:00pm
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McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When Meg Tuhill arrived in Cicero, N.Y. for the New York State Championships, her focus centered on her first event: the 800-meter run.

Competing in two events at a state meet can be daunting enough for any runner, let alone a sophomore.  (more…)

05/22/14 5:00pm
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McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter, shown here Monday in the preliminaries, ran a personal best time in the 200-dash Wednesday at the Division III Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter, shown here Monday in the preliminaries, ran a personal best time in the 200-dash Wednesday at the Division III Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

In a 4 x 100-meter relay, every handoff is crucial. One small misstep can be all that it takes to squash a top time.

When McGann-Mercy’s relay team ran the preliminaries of the Division III Championships Monday at Connetquot High School, a shaky handoff between the first two legs served as important reminder. Back at practice the next day, the Monarchs spent a good chunk of time rehearsing the critical handoffs.  (more…)