Track and Field: A productive Lee leads SWR over Mattituck

Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck's Desirae Hubbard in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).
Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen, left, leaned forward at the finish line to nip Mattituck’s Desirae Hubbard by 1/10th of a second in the 100 meters. (Credit: Garret Meade).


It wasn’t a day conducive for good distances and times, being that it was only two meets into the high school girls track and field season and the athletes had to contend with a blast of cold weather. Regardless, the coaches of both teams said there were some fine performances, nonetheless.

Shoreham-Wading River had enough of them to pull away to a 95-55 victory over Mattituck in a Suffolk County League VII meet on Tuesday.

No Shoreham athlete had a more productive day, however, than Katharine Lee. The eighth-grader ran in four events and was involved in first-place finishes in all of them.

In the 400 meters, Lee won easily, clocking a time of 1 minute 4.2 seconds. She then took first place in the 800 in 2:31.6, finishing a comfortable distance ahead of the runner-up from Mattituck, Melanie Pfennig (2:39.8).

Then Lee capped off her day by running in consecutive relay events, anchoring both the winning 4×400- and the 4×800-meter relay teams. Katrina Hanley, Makayla Meeker and Amanda Dwyer joined Lee in posting a 4×400 time of 4:43.32. The 4×800 relay team, with Aly Hays, Lauren McAuliffe and Ellie Massa running the first three legs, was timed in 11:40.8.

Alexandra Capes-Davis brought the Wildcats (2-0) first-place points in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (1:19.7) and the pole vault (7 feet 6 inches).

Shannon Dwyer was a four-time winner for Mattituck (0-2). The senior finished first in the 100-meter high hurdles (18.9), the high jump (4-8) and the shot put (28-10) in addition to running the second leg for the winning 4×100 relay team. Alya Ayoub, Johanna Pedone and Desirae Hubbard also ran for that relay team, which recorded a time of 56.4.

Shoreham, which ran its second meet on its new track, has a 272-16 record in dual meets over the past 34 years.

[email protected]