A pack of three Skaneateles boys cross country runners never relented as they grabbed the fourth, fifth and sixth spots to set the tone at last week’s OHSL Liberty division meet against Homer and Cazenovia at Lime Hollow’s three-mile layout.
Danny Sakal broke to the head of the pack to take fourth place in 18 minutes, 34 seconds, while fellow junior Ethan Johanns took fifth in 18:42. Sophomore rookie Ryan Terhune was a tick back (18:43) in sixth place. Junior Matt Delasin held on to take 10th in 19:02, while another Skaneateles trio finished within seven seconds of each other.
Leading the charge to the finish was rookie junior Matt Clymer, who took 12th in 19:28. Sophomore Nick Smolenski was 13th in 19:34 and a second back was another 10th-grader, Patrick Biver, in 14th.
All this helped the Lakers edged host Homer 28-29 while beating Cazenovia handily 24-35. The Skaneateles Lakers evened its OHSL Liberty record at 2-2.
“What we liked was that the boys pushed hard and stuck together,” said coach Rob Tuttle. “Only 57 seconds separated the first from the fifth. Only 1:01 separated the first from the seventh (runner). And we were missing our outstanding (freshman), Cooper Watt.”
At the same venue and meet, the Skaneateles girls saw their league record fall to 3-1 after defending league champ Cazenovia, walked away from Skaneateles 22-34, though the Lakers did hold off Homer 23-36.
Sophomore Madeline Adams pulled away early and stayed in front with an easy victory in 19:11. Her course record run was 22 seconds faster than Homer’s Bori Tozser when she set the mark during the 2010 season.
Morel Malcolm placed sixth, while fellow sophomore Virgina Hamlin took 10th. Rounding out the scoring for Skaneateles was frosh Jennifer DeRosa in 11th and senior Julia Poorman in 14th.