Shoreham-Wading River’s Katherine Lee had nowhere to go. Suffolk’s standout sophomore had runners on every side of her, causing her to be caught in one of the more unfortunate situations a runner can find herself in. It’s called being ‘boxed in,’ and, during a race as quick as the Division III 800 meters, it’s imperative to break the box as quickly as possible.
So with approximately 300 meters to go, Lee saw a sliver of light and did what she does best — she ran toward it.
“I surged out and then settled with the pack,” Lee said. “The whole race, I knew I could go faster, but I couldn’t just run over the girl in front of me. It was really a strategic race, because I had to wiggle my way around.”
After breaking the box, Lee held back a little more. Then, with 200 meters left, she kicked her way toward a two minute, 17.27 second victory on day one of the Suffolk girls track and field Division championships Tuesday afternoon at Comsewogue.
Lee had to hold off Mercy’s Meg Tuthill, who finished second in 2:17.66.
The victory was the first of two for Lee. She ran away with the Division III 3,000 meters later in the meet, dominating the field in 10:07.10.
West Babylon’s Paige Keefer won the Division II 800 in 2:14.84. She was never boxed in, but did have to run through an almost-blinding rainstorm that began halfway through the race.
“It made it way more dramatic,” Keefer said of the sudden storm. “It pumped me up.”
Sachem East finished first and second in the Division I 800. Ciara Murphy won in 2:18.45 and Alexandra DeCicco was second in 2:19.44.
Bay Shore’s Bridget Kanaley won the Division I 3,000 in 10:07.66. Kanaley led the whole race and won comfortably. Sachem East’s Valerie Romero was second in 10:12.17.
“I took the lead from the beginning,” Kanaley said. “At first, I got a little nervous that it was too early, but I just kept pushing the pace. Then, with a little left to go, I glanced behind me and saw that the second place girl was way behind.”
Huntington’s Nicole Abbondandelo won the Division II 3,000 in 10:28.47, outpacing Eastport-South Manor’s Taylor McClay, who took the race out hard and finished second in 10:31.30.
Connetquot’s Brittany Curtin won the Division I discus with a 118 foot, two inch toss. North Babylon’s Sade Meeks (107-5) took Division II and Islip’s Kersey Reagan (107-0) won Division III.