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Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee sets Suffolk indoor 3,000-meter mark

Shoreham-Wading River's Katherine Lee begins her kick in

Shoreham-Wading River's Katherine Lee begins her kick in the bell lap as she sets a new Suffolk County record at 9:37.77 in the open 3,000-metetr run during the Art Mitchell Invitational Track Meet at SCCC West in Brentwood on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Records are nothing new to Shoreham-Wading River’s Kath erine Lee, but her performance Sunday helped bring all of her accomplishments together.

The junior broke the Suffolk indoor 3,000-meter record in 9 minutes, 37.77 seconds at the Art Mitchell Invitational at Suffolk County CC-Brentwood. It gave her a trifecta of Suffolk distance records with her outdoor 3,000 and Sunken Meadow State Park 5k.

“I feel like today, it wasn’t even something I was going for, but it kind of just completed something for me,” Lee said. “It really came full circle, I think, that I really left my mark on all the distance events that I could.”

She broke the record of 9:48 set by Mary Kate Anselmini of Ward Melville in 2011, according to Suffolkxctf.com. Lee came in looking to hit 40-second-and-under splits to bring her time below 10 minutes, and she had to work against the clock without a challenge for first place.

“It was a really satisfying race when I saw that I was able to start consistently doing 39s, 38s and running those times,” Lee said.

Lee’s spring record is 9:39.88, and she considered it a major milestone to be able to top the outdoor time inside. She said it is setting her up for a productive spring, when she can bring that mark down even further.

“I think my junior year has real ly been a standout year for me,” said Lee, who set Suffolk’s Sunken Meadow 5k mark with an 18:13.4 in November. “Everything has been coming together.”

She later won the 600 in 1:36.25.

West Islip’s Sierra Koehler won the 1,500 in 4:54.95 with an improved plan and a strong, extended kick. The senior spent most of the race in second, holding in reserve a kick that she unleashed in the final four laps to take control and put space between her and Mount Sinai’s Noreen Guilfoyle (4:57.54) and Miller Place’s Danelle Rose (5:00.85).

It’s Koehler’s first season competing indoors, and she said she’s seen significant time drops each time out.

“I’m still trying to figure out my splits and what it’s like to race on a 200-meter track, figuring out when I should kick and how to plan out my race,” she said. “It’s been a learning experience.”

Kings Park’s Alyssa Womack took the 300 in 43.08. Central Islip’s Alexandrea Harriot won the triple jump at 34 feet, 10 inches.

Art Mitchell Invitational Results

Suffolk County Community College

55: Ginty, East Islip, 7:30

55 hurdles: Battaglini, West Islip, 8.82

300: Womack, Kings Park, 43.08

600: Lee, SWR, 1:36.25

1,000: Capes-Davis, SWR, 3:05.41

1,500: Koehler, West Islip, 4:54.95

1,500 race walk: Harris, Sachem East, 6:33.44

3,000: Lee, Shoreham-Wading River, 9:37.77

4x200 relay: Brentwood (Davis, Ramirez, Mayo, Palmer), 1:48.29

4x400: North Babylon (Moonah, DeFilippis, Zepeda, Charles), 4:23.16

4x800: West Islip (O’Connor, Horan, Koehler, Klemens), 10:01.92

Triple jump: Harriot, Central Islip, 34-10

Long jump: Beans Cunningham, Islip, 16-7.5

High jump: Butts Miller, Whitman, 5-4

Shot put: Meeks, North Babylon, 38-3.5

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