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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.”

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04/19/17 2:00pm
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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.”

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04/04/17 9:27pm
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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.

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03/29/17 7:53pm
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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?

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05/26/16 9:55pm
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This race promised to be a good one, and it didn’t disappoint.

It was an intriguing sight, to be sure. The leading six runners in the 12-girl field in the Division III 1,500-meter final were clumped together like a big ball of pasta for the first half of Thursday’s race as spectators at Comsewogue High School’s Tom Cassese Athletic Field waited for some separation.

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05/24/16 10:28pm
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The race between the two best high school girls 800-meter runners in Suffolk County lived up to expectations and then some on Tuesday afternoon.

Shoreham Wading River sophomore Katherine Lee outdueled Bishop-McGann Mercy senior Meg Tuthill, the top seed, defeating her rival by a step to capture the Division III crown at Comsewogue High School.

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05/09/16 8:42pm
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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.


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While the final event of the evening played out, the real drama occurred on the infield grass at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School’s Harold T. Murray Memorial Field. Mattituck assistant coach Julie Milliman and McGann-Mercy coach Collin Zeffer knelt down on the infield grass with pens and paper in hand, calculating the scores of the various events in their girls track and field meet. READ

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Mattituck Melanie Pfennig finished in fifth place in the 1,500 meters at the Division Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Mattituck’s Melanie Pfennig finished in sixth place in the 1,500 meters at the Division Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).


Shoreham-Wading River High School has a proud history of producing good long-distance runners. Perhaps it’s the wooded areas near the school that provide the right training venue for them, surmised Paul Koretzki, Shoreham’s girls track and field coach.

Whatever it is, it’s working.

Shoreham runners produced three of the top four places (and four of the top eight) in the Suffolk County Division III 1,500 meters, not to mention the champion, Kaitlyn Ohrtman. The 3,000-meter champion, Katherine Lee, also ran for the Wildcats.

The 1,500-meter race in the Division Championships on Thursday at Northport High School held out the promise of being a good one, and it did not disappoint. Ohrtman, a junior, led from the early going and held on for an impressive victory in 4 minutes 41.42 seconds.

Perhaps just as impressive was who followed her. Lee, a freshman, took second place in 4:45.31, ahead of the third-place finisher, Bishop McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill (4:47.90). Shoreham sophomore Alexandra Hays was fourth in 4:48.55.

The race featured a heavy presence of local runners, with Melanie Pfennig of Mattituck (4:58.29) sixth, Kaitlyn Butterfield of McGann-Mercy (4:58.64) seventh, Francesca Lilly of Shoreham (4:59.67) eighth and Kaylee Bergen of Mattituck (5:14.74) 11th.

On the first day of the meet two days earlier, Lee had coasted to victory in the 3,000 in 10:28.60. Hays was fourth in 10:51.84 and followed by Pfennig and Bergen (10:59.16).

Tuthill, who lives in Southold, earned a winner’s medal in the 800, edging out Lee by 1/100th of a second with a time of 2:17.76.

Ohrtman also ran the anchor leg for a triumphant 4×800-meter relay team. She joined forces with Lilly, Lee and Hays for a first-place time of 9:31.21.

Tuthill handled the anchor leg for McGann-Mercy, which was second in 9:35.18. Butterfield, Maddie Joinnides and Devyn O’Brien also ran for that team.

Shoreham pole vaulter Haley Lindell cleared 9 feet to land in third place. One of her teammates, Payton Capes-Davis, was sixth at 8-0.

Capes-Davis, Ohrtman, Megan Kelly and Alexandra Kuhnle were fourth for Shoreham in the 4×400-meter relay in 4:15.03. The McGann-Mercy team of Dayna Young, Olivia Kneski, Delaney Macchirole and Juliana Cintron-Leonardo was fifth in 4:16.54.

McGann-Mercy’s 4×100-meter relay team of Young, Macchirole, Cintron-Leonardo and Adafih Blackburn was fifth in 52.54.

In the 400, Joinnides (1:01.18) and Kneski (1:02.49) took fifth and sixth.

Shoreham’s Courtney Wrigley was sixth in the high jump at 4-8.

Megan Dinizio of Mattituck was sixth in the 100 in 13.87.

Bayport-Blue Point earned the team title with 126 points. Shoreham finished fifth in the team rankings with 66 points, McGann-Mercy was eighth with 31 and Mattituck was 15th with 5.

TWO THIRDS FOR SMITH In Division II, Ra’Shae Smith of Riverhead had third-place throws in both the discus (105-1) and the shot put (37-5 1/2).

Ashley-Ann Courts of Riverhead finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 17-4.

Riverhead ranked 12th with 17 points. Huntington won the team title with 91 points.

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