The youngest runner on the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team just happens to be the fastest. It’s a little unusual, but it’s also a testament to Ava Vaccarella’s ability.
Personal records seem to be a weekly occurrence for the eighth-grader, so perhaps it was to be expected when Vaccarella ran her fastest time ever at Sunken Meadow State Park Saturday. The fact that she did so in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships just made it that much sweeter. READ
Payton Maddaloni, a junior in her fourth year on the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team, didn’t know eighth-grader Ava Vaccarella before this season. It didn’t take Maddaloni long, however, to understand how much of an impact the newcomer would have on the Tuckers. READ
They call it Cardiac Hill for a reason.
Sunken Meadow State Park’s Cardiac Hill is a challenge for all high school cross-country runners, including Payton Maddaloni. The Mattituck High School junior has had her troubles with the infamous hill. READ
The Mattituck High School girls cross-country team has enjoyed astounding success the past six years, each of those times winning a Suffolk County championship and competing in the state meet as a team.
Do the Tuckers have it in them for a seventh straight time? READ
It has become a team tradition.
Every November — or at least every November for the past six years — the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team finds itself running against some of the best teams and runners in New York State. READ
The streak lives on.
That’s six straight.
The Mattituck High School girls cross-country team won a sixth straight Suffolk County championship Friday.
Julie Milliman isn’t one to dwell on statistics or records. What really counts to the Mattituck High School girls cross-country coach are the smiles on the faces of her runners. READ
Making it to the high school girls cross-country state championships is quite an achievement. For a team to do it five straight years like Mattituck has done is even more impressive yet. If the Tuckers are to somehow find their way back to the state meet again this year, though, they will have to do so without two-time All-State runner Melanie Pfennig, the only girl to run on all of Mattituck’s Suffolk County champion teams the past five years.
Pfennig finished 13th in the state Class C race last year to lead Mattituck to fifth place in the team standings. (more…)
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.”
Two years ago the New York State track and field championships were held at the University of Albany. Kait Butterfield was there, and the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School athlete was impressed by the facility. Impressed enough to get her thinking about her future.