It was an eventful two days for Eric Cunha. The senior on the Riverhead High School boys winter track team broke a school record and became a league champion, all within a span of 48 hours.
Cunha broke the school record in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 34.22 seconds in the New Balance Games at The Armory in New York City on Saturday. The previous mark of 2:34.59 was set by Luke Coulter last year.
Luke Coulter appeared invincible.
Dubbed by one longtime Riverhead track observer as “Superman Luke,” the Blue Wave senior seemingly pulled of the improbable feat of winning three events at Monday night’s large school county championship meet after racing across the finish line first as the anchor of the 4 x 400-meter relay team. READ
Riverhead coach Sal Loverde doesn’t hold back on superlatives to describe Luke Coulter.
“Right now he’s poised to develop into potentially the best mid-distance, distance runner we’ve ever had in Riverhead history,” Loverde said. READ
Riverhead sprinter Jacob Robinson, seated next to family friend Patrick Harris, signed to accept a scholarship from Merrimack College (Mass.). Standing, from left, are Riverhead assistant coach Will Razzano and the school’s indoor and outdoor coaches, Sal Loverde and Steve Gevinski. (Credit: Bob Liepa)
Not long after he had joined the Riverhead High School boys track and field team four years ago and discovered he had a talent for running fast, Jacob Robinson got into the habit after a race of asking the school’s winter coach, Sal Loverde, if he had run fast.
Loverde recalled, “He would just give me the look, you know, the Jacob look, and I would say: ‘No, you’re not fast yet. I’ll tell you when you’re fast.’ ”
And so it went over recent years. Then, one day this past winter, Robinson ran the 300 meters in a school record time of 35.52 seconds at The Armory in New York City. He gave Loverde that familiar look, as if to say, “So, what do you think?”
Loverde couldn’t deny what he had seen and had to concede, “Alright, maybe you’re fast now.” (more…)
Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson was among the best track and field athletes in New York State to compete in Cornell University’s Barton Hall on Saturday. (Credit: Bob Liepa)
Last winter Jacob Robinson described the experience of running in his first indoor state track and field meet as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. He could have amended that on Saturday to a “twice-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.
For the second year in a row, Robinson made it to the awards podium, where he stood with a pair of third-place medals (one for the state public schools and one for the federation) dangling around his neck. For the second year in a row, the Riverhead senior ran the 200-meter leg for a third-place intersectional medley-relay team. (more…)
Jacob Robinson and his headband will be part of Section XI’s distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
The fastest-moving headband in Riverhead High School these days belongs to Jacob Robinson.
Robinson has an affable way about him, with a friendly face and a pleasant demeanor to match. When he is on the track, the senior sprinter can be found wearing his trademark white headband. The headband has become as much a part of his persona as his blistering speed and his insatiable desire to run faster. (more…)
Riverhead senior Troy Trent prepares for the shot put in Sunday’s League III Championship. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)
LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP
On the bus ride to Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood Sunday, Troy Trent and Andrew Smith spoke to each other about the upcoming meet.
They each vowed to win their main events.
“We both came in today just like, we’re going to come in first,” Trent said. “We’re taking home gold medals. If the team can’t take it overall, we’ll take it for the team.” (more…)
Riverhead senior Jacob Robinson has his sights set on reaching the state meet in the 300-dash this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
The beginning of the winter track season is generally a tune-up for most athletes. It’s a chance for runners to get conditioning work in, experiment in different events and begin preparation for when the season really counts in late January and February.
Because of that, it’s uncommon to see too many record runs or personal bests early in the season. The idea is, gradually increase and peak at the end of the season and springboard into the outdoor season. (more…)