Baseball isn’t the only sport that features scoreboard watching. Scoreboard watching is a habit at the New York State track and field championships, too.
After the Mattituck girls 4 x 100-meter relay team completed its heat Friday afternoon, the four Tuckers and coach Chris Robinson all converged on the track infield and stared at the large scoreboard at Cicero North Syracuse High School’s Michael J. Bragman Athletic Complex as results from the two Division II heats were flashed on the big board.
They stared in dead silence. READ
Handoffs may be the Mattituck High School girls 4 x 100-meter relay team’s greatest strength. That’s ironic because a handoff nightmare spelled the end of its season last year.
Because of a handoff outside the exchange zone, the Tuckers were disqualified in last year’s state track and field meet. As painful an experience as that was, it sowed the seeds for this season. READ
More importantly, as far as a high school girls track and field team is concerned, speed wins.
Mattituck has speed, especially in the form of sprinters Meg Dinizio and Bella Masotti, and the wins continue to pile up. READ
Before Bella Masotti had even been handed the baton for the second leg of the 4×200-meter relay, she had already handled quite a workload in the Suffolk County League V Championships Sunday. The Mattituck High School freshman was tired after competing in the 55- and 300-meter events earlier, but they may have served as a good warmup for her. READ
Bella Masotti had traffic in front of her by the time Claire Gatz handed the baton to her, but that didn’t last long.
Masotti had several runners in front of her. Like a rocket, the Mattituck High School freshman burst forward and passed them all within 55 meters, as if she was shot out of a cannon. READ
The streak lives on.
That’s six straight.
The Mattituck High School girls cross-country team won a sixth straight Suffolk County championship Friday.
When it came to putting together a 4×100-meter relay team, eighth-grader Bella Masotti seemed like a natural fit with veterans Alya Ayoub, Amy Macaluso and Meg Dinizio. For one thing, Masotti brought one quality that cannot be coached or bought: pure speed.
“She’s a speedy Gonzalez,” Macaluso, a senior, said. “Meg and Alya and I have been on the team together for a while now, but Bella just kind of fit right in like a little sister.”