Riverhead fielded one of the youngest high school girls cross-country teams at Friday’s Section XI Championships, with four freshmen among the team’s top seven runners.
But young teams have a way of surprising people, sometimes. This season, for example, Riverhead went 5-1 in Suffolk County League III, defeating Northport for the first time in the program’s history, according to coach Justin Cobis.
The fleet-footed Katherine Lee can cover ground on a cross-country course awfully quickly. On Friday the Shoreham-Wading River High School junior was flying. She ran the five kilometers at Sunken Meadow State Park faster than a Suffolk County girl had ever done before.
The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls cross-country coach, Paul Koretzki, has seen Katherine Lee do some amazing things, but what Lee did on Saturday may have topped the cake.
Lee, a junior, has quite a running résumé. She was a state champion as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore. The last two years she was selected as Suffolk County’s most outstanding runner. READ
Four runners on Shoreham-Wading River’s county champion girls cross country team received all-state honors. READ
Eleven Shoreham-Wading River High School students will pursue college athletics next year. READ
One of the best cross country teams in program history at Shoreham-Wading River wrapped up its 2015 season Saturday afternoon with a ninth-place finish at the New York State Federation Championships. READ
The annual trip to Brown University in Providence, R.I., always includes an added bonus for the Shoreham-Wading River girls cross country team: a trip to the mall. READ
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee races in the state qualifier meet at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
Katherine Lee made a strong first impression running cross country on varsity as an eighth-grader. Now as a freshman this past season, Lee went from a top runner to the best.