Ten years later, almost to the day, the New York State boys and girls cross-country championships will return to Sunken Meadow State Park. On Nov. 10, the eyes of New York’s cross-country community will be focused on the hilly 3.1-mile course in Kings Park.
Christian Demchak, Mattituck’s All-County senior, hopes to be among the Long Islanders running on their home turf, so to speak. READ
Christian Demchak spent his 16th birthday Friday in possibly the best way possible for a cross-country runner. He ran in a big race.
The Mattituck High School junior had to wait a little bit, though, afterward to see if he was going to receive the birthday gift he was hoping for — a return trip to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. READ
The Southold High School boys cross-country team no longer has Owen Klipstein, but the First Settlers do have a “Core Four.”
When contemplating what he likes about running cross country and how it compares to track and field, Dan Harkin makes some interesting analogies.
“Track is like a math test,” the Mattituck High School senior said before a recent practice. “Track is just laps. It’s concrete numbers. Cross country is like a science test. You’re going off course and stuff, into the woods. It’s more abstract.”
The body of work that Owen Klipstein has put together in cross country is impressive.
Not only has the Southold High School senior been on the team since he was an eighth-grader, but he has been an All-League runner since he was a freshman. READ
In their last chance for a win, the North Fork Knights, a club rugby team for high-school age players, made it count.
The Knights have taken their lumps this spring. Their first four games were against more experienced teams and the scores weren’t close.
Owen Klipstein has a lot of things going for him as a cross-country runner. The Southold High School junior is tall, has long legs, is dedicated and follows his coach’s workout instructions to the tee. READ
North Fork Rugby Club players during a scrum at practice. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
To those who have never seen one before, a rugby ball is sort of odd looking, like a bloated football on steroids. One can imagine a rugby player being asked by somebody who doesn’t know better: “Hey dude, what’s wrong with your football?”
Rugby balls are not exactly a common sight on the North Fork, although they are becoming more common, thanks to the efforts of Mike Jablonski.
Jablonski, a Mattituck High School teacher who lives in Shoreham, is the founder and coach of the fledgling North Fork Rugby Club. He assembled an under-18 team that held after-school practices this spring and played its first game earlier this month. It is Jablonski’s hope that, with this modest beginning, rugby will gain a foothold on the North Fork. (more…)