In their first cross country race in something akin to purified pig slop, the young Skaneateles girls cross country team continued down the road to redemption by taking second at the 19th Annual ES-M Invitational behind a powerful Fabius-Pompey squad that's dominated by upperclassman power.
With just nine points separating first from second, and with the Lakers soundly defeating Mexico after trailing them badly earlier in the season, the Lakers look to be setting the table for the coming years.
Maddy Adams and Blair Gage again led the Lakers by taking fifth and sixth in a swampy mess on the low-lying ESM campus. Eighth-grader Adams continues to roll impressively as she navigates through the races. She was clocked in 21:22 for the flat but mud-sucking 3.1-mile course while junior Gage asserts herself more and more as the season progresses.
Jumping to a whole new plateau was Ellis Van Slyke who has been pushing herself far, far into the zone of discomfort as she rapidly gains ground on the leaders. The rookie freshman finished strong to take 9th in 22:12.
Courtney Pitman took a solid 12th in 22:23 as she continues to show flashes of things to come.
Taking fifth on the team and finishing the team scoring was Shannon Byrne. The rookie sophomore placed 23rd in 23:30 as she edged junior Dani Mazzeo by a second. Emily Cosbar took 47th to finish the varsity action.
In the JV race, Meghan Dwyer took sixth and Morgan Fisher placed 15th.
For the boys, Calvin Davis finished second to continue his stellar senior season. He finished in 16:46, just five seconds behind race winner Ryan Demers of Mexico.
Sam Kriever took 35th and then it was frosh Matt Delasin (58th), Danny Sakal (60th) and Danny Wolfanger (61st) finishing the varsity scoring as the young Lakers continue to develop.
Earlier in the week, the no.2 state-ranked Jordan-Elbridge boys beat Skaneateles while the Lakers beat Phoenix to make their league record 1-5. The Laker girls withstood a strong J-E challenge to beat both the Eagles and the Firebirds to raise their record to 4-2.
Next for the Lakers is their lone home meet of the season on Wednesday when they host Cazenovia and Christian Brothers Academy at the Polo Fields.