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Cross Country: SWR places ninth at federation meet

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. 

Sophomore Katherine Lee led the way once again, completing the 5,000-meter course at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls in 18 minutes 50 seconds. She finished 15th overall and her time counted as 11th best in team scoring.

Junior Jessica Lawson of Corning won the race in 17:46.8. She was one of only two runners along with Abbey Wheeler of Elmira to crack 18 minutes.

For the Wildcats, junior Alexandra Hays and senior Kaitlyn Ohrtman finished next to each other at 75th and 76th overall. Hays ran 20:02.6 while Ohrtman clocked in at 20:02.9. Junior Maria Smith posted the fourth scoring time for the Wildcats by finishing in 20:17.9. Freshman Francesca Lilly rounded out the top five in 20:43.5.

Junior Amanda Dwyer (21:01.8) and freshman Lexie Smith (21:16.1) finished sixth and seventh for Shoreham.

More than 250 runners competed in the race, which features the top teams in the state from all classifications. Saratoga Spring won the team title with 77 points. Sachem East was the top Long Island school with a fourth-place finish. The Wildcats finished ahead of six other Long Island schools: Syosset (11), North Shore (13), Bay Shore (14), Kellenberg (18), St. Anthony’s (20) and St. John the Baptist (21).

Last week Lee finished third in the state for Class B at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association at Monroe-Woodbury High School.

On the boys side, Shoreham senior Michael Godfrey ran the federation meet as an individual and he finished in 17:34 for 123rd.

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