Payton Capes-Davis made quite a splash — in more ways than one — in her introduction to the 2,000-meter steeplechase on Wednesday.
The Shoreham-Wading River High School senior, running the event for the first time, won in stunning fashion. Afterward, she had a first-place medal as well as a bloodied right knee and left shin to show for it. READ
The odds weren’t in Shoreham-Wading River’s favor. Not only was Shoreham missing its best runner, but the girls 4×1 mile relay team was seeded 12th in a field of 15 and had as many as eight teams ahead of it during the race.
But odds don’t determine track and field races. Times and heart do. READ
For nearly four decades they’ve been an unmistakable duo at Shoreham-Wading River. A generation of athletes have flourished under the tutelage of Paul Koretzki and Bob Szymanski, who have combined to coach more than 100 seasons between cross country, winter and spring track and field. READ
Allie Hays finds the 1,000 meters to be an intriguing event in high school girls winter track. She doesn’t get to run it often, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like it.
“It’s basically an 800 and you just keep going,” the Shoreham-Wading River High School senior said. “I like that distance. I think it’s an interesting distance because you have to have speed, but you also have to have endurance.” READ
Now this wasn’t exactly a sight the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls winter track team had envisioned at the Section XI indoor state qualifier on Monday night. Instead of running the 3,000 meters and the 4×800-meter relay, Shoreham’s star runner, Katherine Lee, was moving about with the aid of crutches, wearing a protective boot on her left foot.