Shoreham-Wading River's Katherine Lee leads the runners near the start...

Shoreham-Wading River's Katherine Lee leads the runners near the start of the girls Class B 5k cross country run in the Suffolk Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Katherine Lee threw her arms up at one point and yelled to the crowd, "Where do I go?"

It may have been an uneasy moment for the Shoreham-Wading River freshman, but she said she wasn't afraid.

"It wasn't really that scary because I knew somebody would tell me the right way to go," said Lee, who was approaching the second mile of the 3.1-mile race. "The day before, I ran the course with my teammates and I knew when to make my go."

Lee got through the main hill of the second mile, and with a half-mile of the race downhill, that's when she made her "go" and won the Class B state public schools individual girls cross country championship yesterday in upstate Canton.

Lee, who finished in 18:45 at a 6:03 mile pace, became the first Wildcat to win the girls state cross country title, coach Paul Koretzki said.

"Well, I'm really proud to be the first at my school because girls at my school years from now will try to push themselves to beat that time and get the same title," Lee said. "I felt more confident in my second season. I felt like I had more experience and that it was anybody's race."

Koretzki couldn't say enough about Lee.

"I think she's very brave. She backs it up with a lot of talent," Koretzki said. "She usually runs away from the competition earlier in races, but this was different competition. She just had the race of the day."

As a team, Shoreham-Wading River placed fourth (20:02.3) in Class B.

Brannigan leads LI boys

Northport's Michael Brannigan, the reigning Suffolk Class A champion, led the way for Long Island in the state public schools boys cross country championships yesterday in Canton. Brannigan was seventh (15:54). Sachem North finished fourth in Class A.

In Class B, Garden City's Tim Josephs placed eighth (16:21.8) and Bayport-Blue Point was second in the class. Port Jefferson's James Burke was sixth (16:28.4) and Oyster Bay was seventh in Class C.

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