Meet the athletes who made it onto Newsday's All-Long Island girls cross country team for the 2014 season.
Runner of the Year
Shoreham-Wading River, Fr.
Shoreham-Wading River's Katherine Lee hasn't been able to escape the question. As she walks around town or through the high school hallways, the query persists. "Hey," they say. "Didn't you win something lately?" And, for Lee, the answer is yes and that something is big. Lee won the Class B State Public School Championship last month, running the 5K course at SUNY-Canton in 18 minutes, 45 seconds. Another question quickly follows. "A lot of people assume I'm a lot older," Lee said. "So they ask where I'm going to (college)." But, the answer to that question lies far in the future. Lee, earned Newsday LI Runner of the Year honors, and she’s only a freshman. She has three more seasons to build on an already impressive resume. While the Public School State Championship may have been the highlight of her season, it certainly wasn't the only good moment. The cross country postseason is rich with chances to etch a legacy, and Lee made sure she left her mark at every level. It started in mid-October when the freshman won the Suffolk Division Championship, a single race that included many of the county’s top runners, in 19:02.17 at Sunken Meadow State Park. Lee returned to Sunken Meadow on Halloween and won the Suffolk Class B Championship at the county’s State Qualifier in 19:15.38. One week after winning the Public School State Championship, Lee placed fifth in the State Federation Championship, a race that includes the top runners in the state in any classification, in 18:31.6 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. Lee finished her season by placing 20th in 18:48.5 at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional, held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Nov. 29.
Nassau Runner of the Year
Garden City, Jr.
Gerland won the Nassau Class B Championship in 18:41.84. She finished 23rd in 19:10.1 in the State Federation Championships.
Sachem East, Jr.
DeCicco won the Suffolk Class A Championship in 19:13.55. She placed 13th in 18.47.1 at the State Public School Class A Championship.
South Manor, Soph.
McClay finished fourth in the Class A race at the Suffolk State Qualifier in 19:32.78. She ran the State Federation 5K in 19:27.9.
Siebert was the third highest LI finisher at the State Federation Championship, running the 5K in 19:19.3.
Coach of the Year
Not only did he guide Katherine Lee to a Class B New York State Public School title, but his squad also placed fourth in the Class B team competition. Koretski's crew won the Suffolk Division Championship with 82 points.