06/07/15 11:55am
06/07/2015 11:55 AM
Mattituck junior Jack Dufton runs the 110-meter hurdles Friday in the pentathlon. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

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…)

02/08/15 4:53pm
02/08/2015 4:53 PM
McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill takes off at the start of the 1,000. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill takes off at the start of the 1,000. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

McGann-Mercy junior Meg Tuthill experienced the thrill of winning a state title at last year’s track and field indoor championship. But the victory came as part of a sectional relay team.

Coming into this season, Tuthill’s goal was to qualify for the states in an individual event. And on Sunday, she did just that, placing third in the 1,000-meter race at the Section XI Championships at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.  (more…)

06/07/14 5:00pm
06/07/2014 5:00 PM
McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill crosses the finish line after running the 1,500 Saturday. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

When Meg Tuhill arrived in Cicero, N.Y. for the New York State Championships, her focus centered on her first event: the 800-meter run.

Competing in two events at a state meet can be daunting enough for any runner, let alone a sophomore.  (more…)

06/05/14 3:59pm
06/05/2014 3:59 PM
A step-by-step view of how Riverhead senior Charles Villa has mastered the pole vault. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

A step-by-step view of how Riverhead senior Charles Villa has mastered the pole vault. Click on the photo to enlarge. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

When USA Today ran a series in 2005 on the 10 hardest things to do in sports, pole vaulting ranked third. In Riverhead, Charles Villa routinely makes it look easy.

The senior recently set the outdoor school record of 15 feet 1 inch. He finished first at last weekend’s state qualifier by clearing 14-3. On Friday, Villa will compete at the New York State Championships, where he’ll be aiming to set the record even higher. (more…)

05/31/14 9:45am
05/31/2014 9:45 AM
Bishop McGann-Mercy's Meg Tuthill ran to a second-place finish in the 800 meters in . (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Bishop McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill ran to a second-place finish in the 800 meters in 2 minutes 15.71 seconds. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS/STATE QUALIFIER

Bishop McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill took second place in the 800 meters in the Section XI girls track and field individual championships/state qualifier on Friday at Port Jefferson High School. Her time was 2 minutes 15.71 seconds. She finished behind Elwood/John Glenn senior Sarah Hardie, who won in 2:11.21. (more…)

05/29/14 2:23pm
05/29/2014 2:23 PM
Mattituck senior Desirae Hubbard scored in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the Division III Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mattituck senior Desirae Hubbard is seeded 10th in the 200-meter dash for the state qualifier. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The Section XI track and field state qualifier will be held at Port Jefferson High School Friday and Saturday. The winner of each event earns a spot at the state meet, as well as the second-place finisher who has posted the qualifying standard. One athlete from Division II also qualifies in each event. (more…)

05/22/14 5:00pm
05/22/2014 5:00 PM
McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter, shown here Monday in the preliminaries, ran a personal best time in the 200-dash Wednesday at the Division III Championships. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior Danisha Carter, shown here Monday in the preliminaries, ran a personal best time in the 200-dash Wednesday at the Division III Championships. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

In a 4 x 100-meter relay, every handoff is crucial. One small misstep can be all that it takes to squash a top time.

When McGann-Mercy’s relay team ran the preliminaries of the Division III Championships Monday at Connetquot High School, a shaky handoff between the first two legs served as important reminder. Back at practice the next day, the Monarchs spent a good chunk of time rehearsing the critical handoffs.  (more…)