Before the start of Shoreham-Wading River’s final dual meet Tuesday, coach Paul Koretzki knew his team would face an up-hill climb to defeat Bayport-Blue Point.
Both teams came into the meet undefeated, leaving the League VII title up for grabs.
When a rash of illnesses swept the Wildcats before the meet, the odds only became that much worse for Shoreham.
Bayport, on a brutally cold spring day, rolled past Shoreham, 116-34, to all but lock up the league title (Bayport still has one more dual meet on its schedule against Wyandanch).
While the league title slipped through their grasps, the Wildcats kept another streak alive: they’ve never lost more than one dual meet in each of the past 31 seasons, Koretzki said.
“That’s pretty good,” he said. “The kids did great and they’re very young.”
Eighth-grader Katharine Lee had the best day for Shoreham, winning both the 400-meter race and 800. She ran 1:02.5 in the 400 and 2:29 in the 800, Koretzki said.
Sophomore Alexandra Hays was second in the 1,500 in 5:12.
“Those were our bright spots,” Koretzki said.
Kathleen Cibuls won four events to lead Bayport.
While the dual meet part of the season is behind them, the Wildcats still have a busy schedule ahead. They’re hosting an invitational Saturday and will compete at several other invitationals leading into the Division Championships May 20 and 22.