Skaneateles senior Calvin Davis knew that this one had to be perfect.
And perfect meant beginning not with the bang of the starter's pistol at last week's Section III Class C hampionship cross country race, but perfect beginning a full two weeks earlier after a lackluster OHSL championship race at Cato-Meridian.
Without hesitation, the Laker went to work with sleep, diet and tapering being his focus.After 16 minutes and 50.7 seconds of muddy running at Jamesville Beach Park, Davis had placed third and the race of his life was behind him.
It was called 'Masterful' by opposing coaches who have followed him for six years.
"It was technically akin to daVinci painting his Mona Lisa," said long-time Laker coach Jack Reed. "Calvin was patient as he moved from 12th to third. When he made his surges, they were precise and powerful whether it was uphill or down. Just perfect."
There was effort behind Davis but Skaneateles could only muster a 12th place finish.
Matt Delasin, a fresh,am, took 67th (20:35.7), while Sam Kriever ran through a hip injury to take 76th in 20:58.6. Danny Wolfanger placed 88th (21:26.9) and fellow frosh Michael Card was 95th in 22:05 flat. John Watt was kept out of the race because of a fever.
Davis will join a stellar group of Class 'C' runners this Saturday at SUNY Plattsburgh for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet. He races at 10:40 a.m.
Over in the girls Class C race, Maddy Adams showed signs of things to come as the eighth- grader took 21st in 21:56.2 for the 3.1 mile layout at Jamesville Beach.
"The wind was a killer," she said while not complaining too much about the muddy lower loop that grabbed more than one shoe during the 10-race format.
The Laker girls took 7th on a day that saw the H1N1 grab Blair Gage a few days prior to the meet. The junior team-leader was missed. Front runner Courtney Pitman was unable to finish due to a hip injury incurred at Marcellus earlier in the season. Elyce Buell was 44th (23:04.0), while Shannon Byrne was 45th (23:05.3) and Ellis Van Slyke (23:35.0) in 53rd place. Danielle Mazzeo was 59th in 24:05.6.