Track & Field: Mattituck junior places fifth in pentathlon

In her first competition since injuring her ankle April 20, Mattituck junior Shannon Dwyer returned to the track for the Division III Championship and fought her way to a fifth-place finish in the pentathlon.

Over the two-day competition between Monday and Wednesday, Dwyer tallied 1,987 points.

“She might be one of the toughest girls I’ve ever met,” said Mattituck coach Chris Robinson.

Dwyer injured her ankle on the same track she ran on Wednesday at Connetquot High School.

Dwyer jumped 13-05 on the long jump and ran 2:54.87 in the 800 for the final two events Wednesday. On Monday she ran 19.10 in the 100, high jumped 4-04 and threw 28 1/4 in the shot put.

Mattituck eighth-grader Alya Ayoub was a huge surprise taking fifth in the long jump. Ayoub wasn’t even originally supposed to compete in the event. She was seeded 19th in the event and the top 18 qualified for the division meet. But after one jumper had to back out, Ayoub got to take her spot.

She made the most of her opportunity, jumping 15-8 for fifth place, beating her previous best by about a foot.

McGann-Mercy was 11th in D-III with 18 points. Junior Danisha Carter was third in the 100 in 13.02 and fourth in the 200 in 26.55. Junior Delina Auciello ran the 2,000 steeplechase and finished third in 7:38.19.

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