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. READ
Katherine Lee could be considered among the cross-country runners who have a love-hate relationship with Sunken Meadow State Park’s demanding five-kilometer course in Kings Park.
Shoreham-Wading River High School’s cross country and track and field star, Katherine Lee, had a teaser for Julie Culley, Georgetown University’s director of track and field/cross country, earlier this week. READ
The Big Five has been reduced to the Big One.
Last year’s Shoreham-Wading River team, which coach Paul Koretzki believes was the best high school girls cross-country team that Suffolk County has ever seen, was primarily powered by five sets of strong legs. READ
Paul Koretzki isn’t afraid to make a bold statement about the long-distance runners on his Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team. Without hesitation, the coach called the five runners in question “the greatest distance team in the history of Suffolk County, maybe in the state of New York.”
A bold comment like that requires bold supporting evidence. Here it is: two national champion relay teams and five All-Americans — junior Katherine Lee and seniors Payton Capes-Davis, Amanda Dwyer, Aly Hayes and Maria Smith.
Katherine Lee’s face lit up in glee.
It was at once a familiar sight, and an unusual one at the same time.
Quantity is great. It sure helps, but sometimes nothing beats quality.
Perhaps more than anything, that was the lesson to be taken from Shoreham-Wading River’s triumph in the Section XI girls track and field division championships. Five Shoreham athletes accounted for all but 10 of the team’s 105 points as the Wildcats claimed their seventh Suffolk County championship in the meet, which wrapped up Friday at Ward Melville High School.
One could surmise that the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls track and field team’s showing in the 3,000 meters in the Section XI Division Championships on Tuesday is a reflection of the team’s outstanding depth at that distance.
Well, yes and no.