After graduating from SUNY/Cortland last year, Mike Kollmer began searching for a school district where he could begin to work as a substitute teacher. He found a spot at Mattituck in January, and soon after, athletic director Greg Wormuth asked him if he’d be interested in coaching. READ
The temperature hovered a few degrees above freezing Tuesday outside Mattituck High School. Make no mistake, this is winter track and field.
Girls coach Chris Robinson wore shorts as he instructed the athletes like it was early May. He wore no hat, no gloves. READ
Handoffs may be the Mattituck High School girls 4 x 100-meter relay team’s greatest strength. That’s ironic because a handoff nightmare spelled the end of its season last year.
Because of a handoff outside the exchange zone, the Tuckers were disqualified in last year’s state track and field meet. As painful an experience as that was, it sowed the seeds for this season. READ
Mattituck senior Justin Lake claimed first place in the 400-meter hurdles in the two-day boys division championships that concluded last Thursday at Hampton Bays High School. READ
Much like the Olympics, there are no do-overs in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships. When the time comes, an athlete must be ready to perform and live with the results, good, bad or indifferent. READ
It was typical springtime in the Northeast. In other words, that meant raw days of cold, rain and wind. Then, when nice weather made its belated appearance, the sun finally smiled down on the Mattituck High School girls track and field team. READ
It all ended for Jack Dufton with a Coke and a smile.
Following the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championships last year when he finished 23rd in the pentathlon, Dufton resolved to cut out bad foods from his diet and abstained from drinking soda. “I wanted to come back bigger, stronger, healthier,” said the Mattituck High School senior.
And he did. The results spoke for themselves.
Katherine Lee doesn’t like running in a crowd. Her preference is to pull ahead of the pack and do her own thing.
So, the Shoreham-Wading River High School sophomore took and held the lead for the first half of the 3,000-meter final in the Section XI Individual Championships/state qualifier on Friday at Port Jefferson High School. At the same time, Lee had company. Bay Shore junior Bridget Kanaley wasn’t far behind.
The track and field Section XI State Qualifier meet originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed until 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials announced. READ
It’s been a season of firsts for Mattituck.
On Sunday, the Tuckers’ winter track and field teams made history by competing for the first time at the small school county championships. READ