06/10/14 12:00pm
06/10/2014 12:00 PM
McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter crosses the finish line first in the 4 x 100 heat at Friday's state championship. (Credit: Hal Henty)

McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter crosses the finish line first in the 4 x 100 heat at Friday’s state championship. (Credit: Hal Henty)

Ten local athletes competed at the track and field New York State Championships last weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Two earned all-state honors: Riverhead senior Charles Villa in the pole vault and Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia in the 3,200 and 1,600. (more…)

06/07/14 3:09pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia ran a personal best time in the 1,600 Saturday in Syracuse. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia ran a personal best time in the 1,600 Saturday in Syracuse. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The greatest challenge in running two distance events at a meet the caliber of the New York State Championships is always the second event.

About 17 hours after running the 3,200, Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia returned to the track Saturday morning at Cicero-North Syracuse High School for the 1,600, an event jam-packed with talented runners.  (more…)

06/06/14 10:15pm
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Riverhead senior Charles Villa clears 14 feet 6 inches in the pole vault Friday at the state championships in Syracuse. (Credit: Hal Henty)

Riverhead senior Charles Villa clears 14 feet 6 inches in the pole vault Friday at the state championships in Syracuse. (Credit: Hal Henty)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Charles Villa first began pole vaulting in the spring three years ago as a freshman for Riverhead. Even in a sport that, by its nature, is difficult to begin as a youth, it was still a later start than for many of the top pole vaulters.

“Ever since then I loved it,” Villa said of his introduction to the sport. “I had so much fun.”

On Friday, Villa pole vaulted for the final time representing the Blue Waves. And with it, for now, came the end of an era. For the past several years, the Blue Waves have been flush with talented pole vaulters, from last year’s graduates Jonah Spaeth and Dan Normoyle, to Villa this year.  (more…)

06/04/14 2:00pm
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Competing at states this weekend are Ryan Udvadia (left), Madison Blom and Julianna Cintron. (Credit: Daniel De Mato & Robert O'Rourk)

Competing at states this weekend are Ryan Udvadia (left), Madison Blom and Julianna Cintron. (Credit: Daniel De Mato & Robert O’Rourk)

The New York State Track and Field Championships kick off Friday morning at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Athletes from Riverhead, Shoreham-Wading River and McGann-Mercy all qualified based on their performance last weekend. (more…)

Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night's school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night’s school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Less than a year after she was named principal at Miller Avenue Elementary School, Patricia Nugent was fired Tuesday night after the Shoreham-Wading River school board approved Superintendent Steven Cohen’s recommendation to deny her tenure.  (more…)

06/01/14 9:50am
06/01/2014 9:50 AM
Shoreham-Wading River's Jordan Wright races in the 200-meter dash. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Jordan Wright races in the 200-meter dash. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Athletes from Riverhead, Shoreham-Wading River and McGann-Mercy all qualified for next weekend’s track and field state championship.

To qualify, athletes competed Friday and Saturday at Port Jefferson High School in the Section XI Championships.  (more…)

05/31/14 5:26pm
05/31/2014 5:26 PM
From left, Half Hollow Hills West's Jarried Redwood, Shoreham-Wading River's Jordan Wright, Smithtown East's Shane Harris and Smithtown West's Andrew Lapreziosa lunging toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash finals. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

From left, Half Hollow Hills West’s Jarried Redwood, Shoreham-Wading River’s Jordan Wright, Smithtown East’s Shane Harris and Smithtown West’s Andrew Lapreziosa lunging toward the finish line in the 100-meter dash finals. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

The steeplechase is one of the most demanding events in track and field. Not only is it a grind physically, but it also presents an element of danger. That, along with the event’s novelty, may also be part of its allure. Bad things can happen when exhausted athletes try to clear barriers and navigate water jumps.

That was seen Saturday during the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Section XI Individual Championships/state qualifier. Around the midpoint of the race, Miller Place senior Jeremy Miekley ran into a barrier, slowing him up. Then, Huntington senior Nick Sherman took a fall at the last barrier before the final sprint to the finish line. (more…)

05/31/14 1:08am
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Meg Tuthill ran to a second-place finish in the 800 meters in . (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill ran to a second-place finish in the 800 meters in 2 minutes 15.71 seconds. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

Bishop McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill took second place in the 800 meters in the Section XI girls track and field individual championships/state qualifier on Friday at Port Jefferson High School. Her time was 2 minutes 15.71 seconds. She finished behind Elwood/John Glenn senior Sarah Hardie, who won in 2:11.21.

A Shoreham-Wading River freshman, Alexandra Hays, was second in the 3,000 in 10:23.92. She followed Connetquot senior Erin Melly (10:16.41) to the finish line. (more…)