07/06/18 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Kal Lewis on his way to breaking the all-time fresman cross country record at the Sunken Meadow course in September.

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Kal Lewis on his way to breaking the all-time fresman cross country record at the Sunken Meadow course in September.

I have been reflecting on Kal Lewis, a sophomore at Shelter Island High School, who twice this spring ran 4:15 for 1,600 meters and then won the New York State D-2 1,600 meter title.

Kal has taken 24 seconds off the previous school record  of 4:39.6 set by Ian Thomson 20 years ago —five years before Kal was born. His 4:15 is the single greatest track run ever by a Shelter Island runner. (more…)

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06/04/18 4:30pm
CHRISTINE GALLAGHER PHOTO The Shelter Island Running Club oceanside after the East Hampton Bonac 5K for Wellness on May 20.

CHRISTINE GALLAGHER PHOTO The Shelter Island Running Club ocean-side after the East Hampton Bonac 5K for Wellness on May 20.

The Running Club at the Shelter Island School is celebrating its sixth year.

What started as an unofficial track club in 2011 with Toby Green and Bryan Gallagher evolved into a school-sponsored program a year later. (more…)

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05/01/18 10:00am
CHRISTINE GALLAGHER PHOTO Coach Bryan Gallagher with the Shelter Island School spring track varsity girls team. From left, Justine Karen, Emma Gallagher, Lyng Coyne, Isabella Sherman, Francesca Frasco and Lindsey Gallagher.

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Coach Bryan Gallagher with the Shelter Island School spring track varsity girls team. From left, Justine Karen, Emma Gallagher, Lyng Coyne, Isabella Sherman, Francesca Frasco and Lindsey Gallagher.

It’s finally starting to feel like spring as the action on the track continues to heat up.

On April 26, the Shelter Island School varsity girls spring track team traveled with the Greenport/Southold combined girls team to McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead for a dual meet against Mercy. (more…)

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04/23/18 4:30pm
FRANCESCA FRASCO PHOTO From left, Theo Olinkiewicz, Jason Green and, farther down the line Jack Lang in the Shelter Island colors, at the first race of the varsity spring track season.

FRANCESCA FRASCO PHOTO From left, Theo Olinkiewicz, Jason Green and, farther down the line Jack Lang in the Shelter Island colors, at the first race of the varsit y spring track season.

Varsity spring track for returned to Shelter Island School this year. After nearly 10 years, the school now has a varsity boys team and a varsity girls team.

Spring track is run outdoors on a 400-meter track, as opposed to the 200-meter indoor track during the winter season. Outdoors usually favors the athletes since athletes run slightly faster times outdoors because the outside air is easier to breathe and the turns are not as sharp as the small track.

But there are trade-offs. (more…)

03/22/18 4:30pm
BRYAN GALLAGHER PHOTO Joshua Green, right,  during the New York State Winter Track Championships Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.

BRYAN GALLAGHER PHOTO Joshua Green, right, during the New York State Winter Track Championships Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.

Three of Shelter Island’s most accomplished student track stars came to Monday night’s Board of Education meeting to thank their coaches, administration and school board members for supporting a program they said has been one of the best experiences of their educational careers. (more…)