Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured at the state meet Nov. 15, finished fifth Saturday in the federation championship race. (Credit: Kyle Brazeil/MileSplit NY)
As an eighth-grader running in the state federation race last year, Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee learned a valuable lesson. When it comes to competing in a race loaded with talented runners, get out quick.
It’s a style of running Lee, now a freshman, has taken into all her races this season. And it proved particularly effective Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee, pictured last week at the state qualifier, was the top finisher in the state at Saturday’s Class B championship race in Canton, N.Y. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
After posting the top time in the county at the Section XI Division Championships Oct. 21, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee looked ahead to the team’s future goals.
“We want to try to get to states as a team,” Lee said at Sunken Meadow State Park that day. (more…)
The Class B county champion Shoreham-Wading River girls cross country team. Pictured are (from left) coach Paul Koretzki, Francesca Lilly, Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays, Katherine Lee, Amanda Dwyer, Payton Capes-Davis and Lexie Smith. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
On a chilly day at Sunken Meadow State Park Friday, in temperatures ideal for cross country runners, the best of Suffolk County high schools vied for a chance to represent the section at the state competition next week.
The Shoreham-Wading River girls came into the meet with high expectations after winning the Section XI Division Championships Oct. 21.
The girls didn’t disappoint. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee ran the fastest time at Tuesday’s division championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
All around her, the congratulations came pouring in for the Shoreham-Wading River freshman.
“I love you!” said one competitor from McGann-Mercy. “Even though you don’t know me…”
Katherine Lee, who first came up to varsity as a seventh grader during winter track at Shoreham, found herself in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon after running a personal best time in the Section XI Division Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (more…)
The Shoreham-Wading RIver girls cross country team, led by the trio of (from left) Kaitlyn Ohrtman, Alexandra Hays and Katherine Lee, will battle Miller Place and Bayport-Blue Point for the league and county titles. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
It’s been six seasons since the last time Shoreham-Wading River won a county championship in girls cross country. For most teams, such a drought would hardly seem abnormal. But for Shoreham, a program that has contended for titles year after year, six years can seem like a long time.
There are no guarantees that streak will snap this year. But with a team that returns nearly its entire roster from a year ago, the Wildcats appear poised to make a run at the Class B title. (more…)
NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia ran a season-best 15 minutes, 19.3 seconds to finish second in the Class B New York State Championship race Saturday morning at Queensbury High School.
Udvadia helped lead the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish as a team. Udvadia, who was first among the team scorers, finished three seconds behind T.J. Hornberger of Lake Shore.
Shoreham’s top five all runners all posted sub-17 times. Junior Matt Gladysz finished second for Shoreham and 17th in team scoring in 16:21.4, followed by seniors Connor McAlary (16:30.7), Keith Steinbrecher (16:42.9) and Jack Kelly (16:45.8).
Shoreham eighth-grader Katherine Lee finished 13th overall in the girls Class B race in 18:32.7. Her teammate, sophomore Kaitlyn Ohrtman, was 29th overall in 18:53.7. They were the only girls for Shoreham to qualify for the state meet.
View the complete results here.
RIVERHEAD COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead boys cross country coach Patrick Burke was named the Section XI Coach of the Year after guiding the Blue Waves to their first league title since 1998.
After helping guide the Riverhead boys cross country team to its first league title in 15 years, coach Patrick Burke was honored as the Section XI cross country Coach of the Year. The Blue Waves won 15-47 in their final dual meet against Half Hollow Hills West Oct. 15 to finish 5-0 in League IV.
It was their first league title since 1998.
The Blue Waves went on to compete in the Section XI Division Championship and finished fifth in Division II. In the Section XI State Qualifier Nov. 1 at Sunken Meadow State Park, senior Joseph Gattusso ran the top time for Riverhead in 19 minutes, 38.71 seconds.
“I didn’t want to be overly confident, but I felt good and I felt if we were going to do it, this was the year, and everything was in place,” Burke said after the Blue Waves beat Hills West.
ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia will lead the Wildcats in the state qualifier race tomorrow after it was postponed a day.
The cross country Section XI State Qualifier has been pushed back a day due to inclement weather in the area. The meet at Sunken Meadow State Park will start at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The race times are as follows:
Boys Class A: 2 p.m.
Girls Class A: 2:30 p.m.
Boys Class B: 3 p.m.
Girls Class B: 3:25 p.m.
Boys Class C/D: 3:55 p.m.
Girls Class C/D: 4:2o p.m.
The Shoreham-Wading River boys are the defending Class B champions. The League IV champion Riverhead boys will run in the Class A race. The Shoreham girls will run in the Class B race and the McGann-Mercy girls will run in the Class C/D race. Four Mercy boys will run in the C/D race as well.
Last year, Hurricane Sandy forced the state qualifier to race to be canceled entirely. The state qualifiers were determined based on the division championship race.
The state championship is Nov. 9 at Queensbury High School.