Skaneateles girls cross country sophomore Virginia Hamlin powerfully turns around a switchback at last Saturday’s Section III Class C championship at Jamesville Beach. Just behind is freshman Jennifer DeRosa. The young Lakers--three sophomores, a frosh and an eighth-grader--placed fourth.
continued Behind Adams, who finished in 20:18, was fellow sophomore Morel Malcolm, in 21st place with a time of 21:17.5. “Morel was in fifth and we looked to be in the hunt, but she slipped on a downhill and her back spasmed,” said Reed. “She did what she could to hold on.”
Virginia Hamlin, the barometer of the team, slipped in her final meet of the season and placed 32nd in 22:02.6. In 38th was freshman Jennifer DeRosa with a time of 22:14.4, while upstart Kaitlyn Neal pushed her eighth-grade body to 43rd in 22:31.2. Just a place behind was junior Ellis VanSlyke, who ran her best race of the season in 22:37.9.
Frosh Liz Dwyer concluded a strong rookie season by placing 46th in 22:49 flat. Senior Julia Poorman placed 51st (23:01.2) after battling a stubborn cold at the wrong time of the season. Sophomore Maria Schillace took 55th in 23:05.8 and senior Shannon Byrne, who has also been battling illness, took 62nd (23:17.2) out of 130 girls in the race.
Adams will compete at noon this Saturday in the Class C race at VVS, where Tully represents Section III as a team after holding off Cazenovia and South Lewis for team honors ahead of the fourth-place Lakers.
The Skaneateles boys placed 14th in a race that saw them get a strong start while faltering over the last half of the course.
“They remain a mystery,” said Reed. “I just haven’t pushed the right buttons yet. They have talent. I know they’re as frustrated as I am. I’ve gotta get this right next year.”
Frosh Cooper Watt was the first to cross the finish line in 66th (19:21.2) while sophomore Ryan Terhune was 82nd in 19:41.8. As usual, the pack was tight with only 39 seconds separating the first Laker from the fiftj but again the pack was too far back to compete.
Ethan Johanns placed 86th (19:46.6), Danny Sakal as 90th (19:50.6) and Matt Delasin was the fifth and final scorer in 96th in 20:00.4. 166 boys finished with one being disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“I haven’t seen that since the mid-80s when two boys stopped at the gate of a cow pasture in South Lewis and duked it out,” said Reed. “And then they ran on as if nothing happened.”