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
It was typical springtime in the Northeast. In other words, that meant raw days of cold, rain and wind. Then, when nice weather made its belated appearance, the sun finally smiled down on the Mattituck High School girls track and field team. READ
It all ended for Jack Dufton with a Coke and a smile.
Following the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championships last year when he finished 23rd in the pentathlon, Dufton resolved to cut out bad foods from his diet and abstained from drinking soda. “I wanted to come back bigger, stronger, healthier,” said the Mattituck High School senior.
And he did. The results spoke for themselves.
Katherine Lee doesn’t like running in a crowd. Her preference is to pull ahead of the pack and do her own thing.
So, the Shoreham-Wading River High School sophomore took and held the lead for the first half of the 3,000-meter final in the Section XI Individual Championships/state qualifier on Friday at Port Jefferson High School. At the same time, Lee had company. Bay Shore junior Bridget Kanaley wasn’t far behind.
The track and field Section XI State Qualifier meet originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed until 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials announced. READ
It’s been a season of firsts for Mattituck.
On Sunday, the Tuckers’ winter track and field teams made history by competing for the first time at the small school county championships. READ
The blizzard that dropped as much as two feet of snow in western Suffolk County this past weekend forced the Section XI track and field league championships to be canceled and there is no makeup date. READ
It was another banner year for Meg Tuthill of Southold on the track. The McGann-Mercy middle-distance/distance runner qualified for the state championships in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons. READ
David Katz makes no bones about it. Without hesitation, he declares himself a nerd.
“For the nerds of the world — I’m a nerd and I’m proud of it — this is my Olympics,” he said. READ
Mattituck junior Jack Dufton runs the 110-meter hurdles Friday in the pentathlon. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
Jack Dufton knows he has little room for error. To accomplish his goal, the Mattituck junior needs to hit every mark and run every time to the best of his ability.
At the Section XI Individual Championships and State Qualifier, Dufton earned a spot at next weekend’s state championship by finishing as the top point scorer among Division II athletes in the pentathlon. (more…)