"We couldn't ask for more from the kids today," said Skaneateles girls cross country coach Rob Tuttle after last Saturday's Section III Class B championship race at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School.
"Third place for the girls is great. The improvement from our race there in September is amazing. The boys all improved. We peaked and everyone gave everything they had."
The Laker girls, who had 93 points, took third behind state-ranked Cazenovia and Marcellus. The Skaneateles boys team took ninth on a day that was filled with mud, cold air and great competition.
Madeline Adams took it out strong and hard and fought to earn the right to move to the New York State championship race this Saturday at Pawling near the Connecticut border.
"Maddy took it out just the way we wanted and hit all her geometric vectors perfectly," said coach Jack Reed. "She was under self-imposed pressure all week and discovered that this sport is a lot more than just a physical thing. It's emotional. It's psychological. And it weighs on you in ways that most people can't imagine."
Adams took sixth in 21 minutes, 10.7 seconds as she improved her time from a September meet at VVS by more than a minute. Adams will join Tozser and three Marcellus runners - Rachel Garn, Maggie Dunn and Molly McGuane - on the Section III All-Star squad that will run in the state championship meet this Saturday at Lakeside Park in Pawling, east of Poughkeepsie. The girls Class B race starts at 9:45 a.m.
Morel Malcolm, who was also expected to move on to the state championship, took 14thin 21:53.5 while struggling with the mid-30s temperatures.
"Morel was more than ready," said Reed, "but she ran into two implacable foes called cold and wet. But the good news is that we figured out how to get her past those problems. And, you know, it's okay for a 14 year old to fall a little short of big goals.