Running in a large pack from the first step and not stringing out until the final mile, the Skaneateles girls cross country team registered a virtually uncontested win at the annual Kiwanis-Auburn Invitational at East Middle School.
With the seniors once again leading this team, Skaneateles tallied 23 points while state-ranked Clyde-Savannah was second with 85. The Lakers placed 1-4-5-6-7-8-9 in the win.
Hannah Waite closed hard to take second in 20:05 for the 3.1-mile layout behind Cayuga Community College. The Skaneateles senior missed first place by seven seconds.
Rachel Vaivoda, along with the entire team, had a strong first two miles as she placed fifth in 20:54. Stephanie Searing entered the chute in the middle of Holland Stadium in 21:08 for sixth place.
Christina Homeyer, in seventh, led Kristin Roberts by eight seconds as Roberts took eighth in 21:48. Alexis Mazzeo was ninth in 22:12 and Carley Baulick was 10th in 22:22.
Earlier in the week, it was the onslaught that looked inevitable after some recent crushing practices. With power, dazzle and determination the Skaneateles girls defeated Solvay 15-49 and Cazenovia 18-43 last week at Long Branch Park on Onondaga Lake.
The twin victories lengthened the unprecedented Laker league victory skein to 81, dating back to 1992.
Running just off the lead pace for the first half mile, Waite was biding her time and the crowd wondered if this would be the day that the Laker senior's potential was realized.
Disappearing around a loop that paralleled the Seneca River while running in fourth place, Waite emerged a half mile later with a lead that would only grow as she covered the 3.06 mile course in 19:03, the fastest in Laker history.
Hannah cared today, said head coach Jack Reed. We talked, settled some things and she's free to fly from now on.