Confronting the state's no. 9-ranked girls cross country team, the no. 3-ranked Skaneateles Lakers weren't in for any walk in the park. B
ut after a strong start by Jordan-Elbridge, the Lakers took command to win easily 21-40 while shutting out Hannibal at the J-E 3.1 mile course last Wednesday.
Running with a smile on her face, Hannah Waite cruised to the finish in 20:29 while a revved-up Rachel Vaivoda proved that she felt great by staging an early duel with J-E's top two runners only to pull away powerfully to take 2nd in 20:48.
From there it was all pack running with the Lakers sending one runner after another into the finish chute in rapid order.
Stephanie Searing battled heavy legs to take fifth in 21:27. Just seven seconds later, Christina Homeyer crossed the line to grab sixth in a solid race.
On a slow course marred by uncut grass that was more fitting for the U.S. Open, Kristin Roberts took seventh in 21:50 while just 10 clicks of the digital watch later, Alexis Mazzeo finished in eighth. And just nine seconds later (22:09) it was Carley Baulick in ninth as she begins to understand how good she can be.
The Lakers, with the pair of wins, earned their 82nd and 83rd consecutive victories in league duel meet action dating back to 1992. They'll be hard pressed to extend the streak this week when they travel to Green Lakes State Park to face no. 5 state-ranked CBA and Bishop Ludden. The Brothers are led by three fast girls who are higher ranked in area individual standings than the Lakers.
We have a better team, said Coach Rob Tuttle. We'll just have to be better on the right day.
Before that, though, Lakers went about dismantling Maine-Endwell, the state's 10th ranked Class B team at last week's 35th Unatego Invitational near Oneonta.