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 numbers don’t lie. Mattituck High School’s girls winter track team is on the upswing.
Last season the Tuckers had 17 athletes on the roster. This season they have 39. READ
Much like the Olympics, there are no do-overs in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships. When the time comes, an athlete must be ready to perform and live with the results, good, bad or indifferent. READ
Alya Ayoub may have felt like jumping straight up in the air and yelling, “Whoopee!”
She didn’t, though. The Mattituck High School senior restrained herself, out of consideration for those long jumpers who had failed to qualify for the state track and field championships.
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.”
Sometimes when members of the Mattituck High School girls track and field team are sweating through a tough workout, coach Chris Robinson poses a question for them: Does anyone want to do Melanie Pfennig’s workout?
“Everybody says no,” Robinson said. “So, when they think they got it tough, they watch Mel and Mel is pushing to the last limits of her body. She’s definitely an example to them and makes them work harder and achieve what they want to achieve.”
It’s not something that is seen every day, an athlete from one team cheering on an athlete from another team, a rival team at that.
But there was Kait Butterfield of the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls track and field team urging on Mattituck’s Melanie Pfennig during a race Tuesday. The two seniors are living proof that rivals can be good friends.
The Mattituck High School girls track and field team has fond memories of 2016. After all, it was the year that brought the Tuckers their first league championship in 16 years.
A remarkable 73-73 tie against Bishop McGann-Mercy ended up having huge implications. Both teams finished with identical 4-0-1 records and a share of the Suffolk County League VII title. Does that make the Tuckers driven to repeat?
When the topic is Melanie Pfennig, the Mattituck High School girls winter track coach, Chris Robinson, doesn’t spare the praise. And it’s high praise, indeed. READ
After all the raw days of cold, rain and wind this spring, nice weather finally made a belated appearance for the Mattituck High School girls track and field team on Monday. It has been a while. Then again, the Tuckers had waited for something even longer: a league championship.