10/31/14 8:49pm
10/31/2014 8:49 PM
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
06/07/2014 5:00 PM
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
05/22/2014 5:00 PM
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…)

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…)