The drainage system at the Tully High School campus held up to the rain that drenched the area 48 hours earlier and that made for good conditions at Saturday's Tully Invitational cross country race.
In the one race format that broke out the scoring into large and small school divisions, the Skaneateles girls held their own. In the one-race scoring format, the young team placed sixth behind nationally No. 1-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius, Cicero-North Syracuse, Tully, Maine-Endwell and
Baldwinsville. In the small school scoring, the Lakers grabbed second behind the Black Knights, no. 3 in the state Class C rankings.
Having stellar runs was the one-two tandem of Morel Malcolm and Madeline Adams who took 10th and 14th, respectively, in 20:14.6 and 20:32.9 on the 3.2-mile layout that ran long because of the tall grass. The freshman duo took the challenge and looked ahead the entire race while showing a good finishing fight.
Separating the leaders from their pack was sophomore Ellis VanSlyke, who continued her strong running by grabbing 46th in 22:06.8 out of 126 finishers.
Combining the results of both the varsity and junior varsity race, the Lakers have a pack consisting of eight runners who are within 29 seconds of each other.
"We're happy with their progress," coach Jack Reed said. "And we're working our tails off to get a few of them to break free and move closer to Ellis.
"They all have the ability and I think they're beginning to believe in themselves. We still have time," he concluded while alluding to the season-ending sectional championships.
Blair Gage, the engaging senior, placed 55th in 22:27.8 while junior Shannon Byrne was 58th in 22:35.4. Senior Dani Mazzeo was right behind in 59th (22:40.4) and frosh Virginia Hamlin was in 60th in 22:43.3.
From the JV race, frosh Maria Schillace (22:45) was 16th just two seconds behind Hamlin. Senior Elyce Buell, who had trouble holding down her prel-race meal (four times) was in 19th in 22:53 while just two seconds back in 22:55 was junior Julia Poorman who is regaining her early season form. And just a tick back in 22:56 was frosh Alex Clark.