Racing state-power Westhill at the newly opened course at the Polo Grounds last Wednesday afternoon, Skaneateles looked to be undermanned against the state's 5th ranked Class B powerhouse.
But no one told that to Kristin Roberts, Christina Homeyer, Rachel Vaivoda, Rachel Hosie or Alexis Mazzeo and all the rest.
The Lakers charged out from the yell-of- Go on the immaculately groomed Polo Grounds turf and never looked back. Up front early and hauling late was a pack of gold jerseys with the super S on the front.
With courage, style, overwhelming determination and a positive mind-set, the Lakers extended their win streak to 87 over league foes. The victory earned Skaneateles a league record of 8-0 as they claimed their 14th consecutive league crown that was started back in 1993 under the tutelage of Sheila Card.
The Lakers, in a race where mind ruled over matter, bested Westhill 22-33 with a crunch of runners finishing 4-5-6-7 in the meet. Marcellus fell to Skaneateles 25-36 behind Mustang race-winner Carrie Carlton and third place teammate Ariel Briggs.
We proved that next year's team can win, said Hosie of her Laker teammates.
This one was a case of the girls of Skaneateles growing up, of trusting themselves and each other, of learning to dig deep into their soul.
Early-leader Roberts placed fourth in 20:35 as she led the team to an incredible 32- second pack time which is the gap between the team's first and fifth runners.
Homeyer took fifth in 20:44 and Vaivoda crossed the line just a second later as the rout was on. Hosie made the big move that the coaching staff had been looking for as she powered her way to seventh in 20:50. Alexis Mazzeo rounded out the top 10 in this talented field with a time of 21:07.