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Cross Country: Lee races to her third state title

Prior to the girls Class B race in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross-Country Championships Saturday, Katherine Lee was given some sound advice by her coach, Paul Koretzki: Run for the green.

“Look for as much grass as you can,” said Koretzki.

That wasn’t as easy as it might seem, given the muddy conditions on the five-kilometer course at Wayne Central School in Ontario Center.

Lee did well enough, though. The Shoreham-Wading River senior won her second straight state title and third in five years.

Leading the entire race, Lee retained her title as the state Class B champion, clocking a time of 20 minutes, 7.9 seconds.

“It was [about] place today,” Koretzki said. “It wasn’t the time. That’s what matters.”