Alya Ayoub may have felt like jumping straight up in the air and yelling, “Whoopee!”
She didn’t, though. The Mattituck High School senior restrained herself, out of consideration for those long jumpers who had failed to qualify for the state track and field championships.
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.”
It’s not something that is seen every day, an athlete from one team cheering on an athlete from another team, a rival team at that.
But there was Kait Butterfield of the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls track and field team urging on Mattituck’s Melanie Pfennig during a race Tuesday. The two seniors are living proof that rivals can be good friends.
When the topic is Melanie Pfennig, the Mattituck High School girls winter track coach, Chris Robinson, doesn’t spare the praise. And it’s high praise, indeed. READ
Mattituck’s girls cross-country team won yet another Suffolk County Class C championship, only this time it was different. This time it was five times sweeter. READ
The newcomers on the block made quite the first impression last year.
Mattituck fielded an indoor track team for the first time last winter and the results were impressive. The Tuckers had four girls compete at the small school county championship meet. READ
Mattituck senior Melanie Pfennig ran the fastest time for the Tuckers Saturday morning at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. READ
The drive for five is complete.
The Mattituck High School girls cross-country team pulled off a rare fivepeat Friday, winning its fifth straight Suffolk County championship.
Melanie Pfennig marvels at it all. Every year the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team loses good runners to graduation and every year the Tuckers fill the missing pieces. Somehow, the Tuckers find a way to get better and better.
Now, Pfennig said, “I think this is the best Mattituck team we ever had.”
Where was Melanie Pfennig?
That was the question at the start of a recent practice for the Mattituck High School girls cross-country team. READ