Marcellus runners sweep Skaneateles, CBA

Westhill/Ludden girls knock off Cazenovia, take league lead

— One more good performance separates the Marcellus boys cross country from an undefeated march through the OHSL Liberty division, and the girls Mustangs are still in the league race, too.

All this was a result of Tuesday’s meet at Skaneateles, where the Mustangs pulled off a total sweep of both the Lakers and Christian Brothers Academy.

It proved much closer on the girls side, where Marcellus had to squeeze past the Lakers (who is no. 12 in the state Class C rankings) 25-30 while also handling the Brothers 20-49.

Among individuals, Rachel Garn led the way, covering the Skaneateles Polo Grounds in 18 minutes, 39 seconds, 16 seconds ahead of Skaneateles’ Madeline Adams.

Maggie Dunn was fourth, in 19:45, but the real key was the fact that Molly McGuane, in sixth place (20:11), and Mary Morocco, in seventh place (20:12), both finished ahead of the third and fourth Skaneateles runners, Virginia Hamlin (20:34) and Jennifer DeRosa (20:44), giving the Mustangs an insurmountable lead.

No such drama existed in the boys meet, where the state Class B no. 9-ranked Mustangs hammered CBA 16-47 and took out Skaneateles 15-48.The Brothers were without Brendan Smith, who had just won his division at the Manhattan Invitational two days earlier.

As such, Justin Garn, Joe Fallon and Ryan Manahan could all run together and record a 1-2-3 finish in a time of 17:32. John Bell, in fourth place in 17:39, was close behind, while David Lilly was sixth (17:48) and Alex Zamojski was seventh in 18:05. Ben Powers (18:34) also cracked the top 10.

A day later, Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s girls team took a giant step toward first place by going to Cazenovia and knocking off the defending champion Lakers 25-30, while also beating Solvay 15-49.

It started with Jessica Curry winning the race in 18:37, with Betsy Black second in 18:51. That duo, plus Emily Washburn (18:51), all finished ahead of Cazenovia’s top performer, Michelle Karker, who was fourth in 19:21.

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