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12/07/17 5:59am
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Sal Loverde, coach of the Riverhead High School boys winter track team, has a message to deliver: Look out for the Blue Waves.

“The story of this year’s team is we are a youthful program that is going to be on the rise, without question,” he said. READ

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01/24/17 12:00pm
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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.
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02/01/16 9:39pm
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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

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01/18/16 8:00pm
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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

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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)

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…)