The odds weren’t in Shoreham-Wading River’s favor. Not only was Shoreham missing its best runner, but the girls 4×1 mile relay team was seeded 12th in a field of 15 and had as many as eight teams ahead of it during the race.
But odds don’t determine track and field races. Times and heart do.
Over the past year, Payton Capes-Davis has covered a lot of ground — both literally and figuratively.
The Shoreham-Wading River High School senior has come a long way, much further than even she could have fathomed.
Allie Hays finds the 1,000 meters to be an intriguing event in high school girls winter track. She doesn’t get to run it often, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like it.
“It’s basically an 800 and you just keep going,” the Shoreham-Wading River High School senior said. “I like that distance. I think it’s an interesting distance because you have to have speed, but you also have to have endurance.”
Now this wasn’t exactly a sight the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls winter track team had envisioned at the Section XI indoor state qualifier on Monday night. Instead of running the 3,000 meters and the 4×800-meter relay, Shoreham’s star runner, Katherine Lee, was moving about with the aid of crutches, wearing a protective boot on her left foot.