The new Mattituck High School boys track and field coach, Kris Ocker, knows there are no shortcuts in the sport. A direct correlation can be made between training and performance.
“Track is tough, man,” Ocker, 35, said. “It’s a lot of hard work. Track is one of those sports where you can’t hide anything. The numbers don’t lie.” READ
Sure, the Section XI boys track and field division championships are going to see favorites triumph, as expected, but there can also be some surprises, some unforeseen developments.
Among those on Wednesday were third-place finishes by Mattituck junior Stephen Nyilas and Greenport/Southold sophomore Mateo Arias, both first-timers in challenging events.
Jack Dufton, one of the greatest track and field athletes Mattituck High School has seen in recent memory, has moved on. He is now running for Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Life after Dufton will undoubtedly be different for the Tuckers, and it calls for a different approach.