06/05/15 9:43pm
06/05/2015 9:43 PM
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

06/03/15 7:16pm
06/03/2015 7:16 PM
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell pitched seven shutout innings in Game 3 against Bayport Wednesday. (Credit: Robert O'RourK)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell pitched seven shutout innings in Game 3 against Bayport Wednesday. (Credit: Robert O’RourK)

CLASS A COUNTY FINALS, GAME 3  |  PHANTOMS 1, WILDCATS 0

A heavy rainstorm that hit the area Monday forced the final game of the Class A county finals between Shoreham-Wading River and Bayport-Blue Point to be postponed. Lingering rain Tuesday pushed it back another day.

As the clouds finally broke Wednesday, and the sun shined down, the highly-anticipated Game 3 featuring two stud pitchers had finally arrived.

And the wait, at least for the Phantoms, was well worth it.  (more…)

05/31/15 12:00pm
05/31/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead senior Ra'Shae Smith finished third in the shot put at the Division II Championship. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Ra’Shae Smith finished third in the shot put at the Division II Championship. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

At the Division III girls track championship Thursday, Shoreham-Wading River placed fifth with 66 points. McGann-Mercy was eighth with 31 points.

In Division II, Riverhead placed 12th with 17 points.

Read a recap here. See more photos of the boys meet here.

(All photos by Robert O’Rourk)

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05/29/15 9:50pm
05/29/2015 9:50 PM
Riverhead's Steven Reid, left, leans forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner for victory in the 4x100-meter relay. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Steven Reid, left, leans forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner for victory in the 4×100-meter relay. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS

To say that Ryan DiResta had a good track and field meet would be putting it mildly. The Riverhead High School senior produced personal records in four of the five events that make up the pentathlon. No wonder he not only finished first in points, but he also set a school record in the process in the Division Championships at Comsewogue High School on Friday.

DiResta ended up with a total of 3,159 points to top the Suffolk County Division II field. That shattered Riverhead’s previous record of 2,791 that was set by Yves Perodin in 1993, according to coach Steve Gevinski.

“This is like a big achievement for me,” said DiResta, who is in his second year of competing in the pentathlon.

DiResta’s nearest competition came from Smithtown East senior Ben Lebit, who had 3,010 points.

To help him reach the top, DiResta put up personal-best numbers in the 110-meter high hurdles (second in 17.07 seconds), the high jump (second at 1.83 meters), the shot put (fourth at 11.03 meters) and the 1,500 meters (second in 4:36.00). He was also second in the long jump at 6.22 meters.

DiResta’s fine showing, along with victories by triple jumper Curtis Flippen and the 4×100-meter relay team, helped Riverhead to a third-place team ranking with 74 points. The only teams to finish ahead of the Blue Waves were Huntington (99) and Eastport/South Manor (86).

The most thrilling race of the day might have been Riverhead’s triumph in the 4×100 relay. In a photo finish, Steven Reid III leaned his head forward at the finish line to nip a Copiague runner by the slimmest of margins. After a review of the photo confirmed the victory, the Blue Waves screamed and jumped for joy.

The team, which included Andrew Smith, Jacob Robinson and Marcus Reid, Steven’s brother, was timed in 43.27 seconds, nipping out Copiague by 1/100th of a second.

On Wednesday, the first day of the meet, Flippen, a junior, covered 43 feet 4 1/4 inches to take first place in the triple jump.

Riverhead pole vaulters Kyle Gevinski and Brendan Krumbiegel finished in a four-way tie for second place, clearing 11-0.

Another Riverheader, Troy Trent, threw the shot put 54-1/2, good enough for second place.

Steven Reid III and Robinson turned in third-place finishes, with Reid’s time of 11.39 in the 100 and Robinson’s 50.09 in the 400.

EXHAUSTED KELLY TRIUMPHS IN 400 Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Dale Kelly was exhausted following the Division III 400-meter final, and for good reason. The junior had won in 50.02.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Gladysz flew to victory in the 800 in 1:59.18.

Mattituck junior Jack Dufton took second in the pentathlon with 2,683 points. Dufton capped off his meet with a winning time of 4:24.25 in the 1,600. He was also first in the high jump (1.73 meters), second in the shot put (9.77 meters), tied for third in the long jump (5.62 meters) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (19.95).

In the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, McGann-Mercy’s Alex Frabizio came in third in 57.63.

Shoreham’s Brendon Frances ended up third in the shot put with a throw of 45-0.

Amityville won the team title with 123 1/2 points. Shoreham (24) was ninth, McGann-Mercy (16) was 14th, Mattituck (8) was 17th and Greenport/Southold (2) was 19th.

bliepa@timesreview.com

05/29/15 6:47pm
Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox pitched a complete game shutout against Bayport-Blue Point in Game 2 of the Class A county championship Friday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Matt Fox pitched a complete game shutout against Bayport-Blue Point in Game 2 of the Class A county championship Friday. (Credit: Bill Landon)

CLASS A COUNTY FINALS, GAME 2  |  WILDCATS 4, PHANTOMS 0

It took only 73 minutes for Shoreham-Wading River to ensure its season wasn’t over just yet.

Behind a six-hit shutout from senior Matt Fox, a pair of early home runs and some superb defense, the Wildcats blanked Bayport-Blue Point 4-0 in Game 2 of the Class A championship Friday afternoon at Kevin Williams Memorial Field.

Each team will turn to their aces for a decisive Game 3 Monday back in Bayport to determine the county champion.  (more…)