Making it to the high school girls cross-country state championships is quite an achievement. For a team to do it five straight years like Mattituck has done is even more impressive yet. If the Tuckers are to somehow find their way back to the state meet again this year, though, they will have to do so without two-time All-State runner Melanie Pfennig, the only girl to run on all of Mattituck’s Suffolk County champion teams the past five years.
Pfennig finished 13th in the state Class C race last year to lead Mattituck to fifth place in the team standings. (more…)
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.”
Two years ago the New York State track and field championships were held at the University of Albany. Kait Butterfield was there, and the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School athlete was impressed by the facility. Impressed enough to get her thinking about her future.
Emelys Villareal, a track and field athlete who had no cross-country background, said she had always wanted to run cross country before. Even though her school doesn’t have a cross-country team, that didn’t stop the Greenport High School senior from competing in the sport this year. READ
Where was Melanie Pfennig?
That was the question at the start of a recent practice for the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team. READ
This is the year to drive for five, and yet the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team isn’t focusing on that just yet. The Tuckers don’t dwell on the past, which may partially explain their success. READ
Katherine Lee fell short in her attempt to win a second straight state championship on Saturday, but the Shoreham-Wading River High School sophomore came close, finishing third in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls cross-country championships. READ
Paul Koretzki typically doesn’t do much talking when he sends his runners on the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls cross-country team off to the starting line for races. He will tell them to have a good time and say, “See you at the finish.” READ
Katherine Lee had a plan for the girls championship race in the Section XI Division Cross-Country Championships on Tuesday: Take the lead early and stay there.
Be happy, but not satisfied.
The runners on the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team have heard that more than once or twice from their coach, Julie Milliman. READ