Skaneateles They went side by side for almost two miles before Rachel Garn of Marcellus put some distance between herself and archrival Madeline Adams of Skaneateles in Tuesday’s OHSL Liberty division girls cross country showdown.
Striding easily into the finish chute, Garn, a sophomore, set a new Polo Grounds record with a sizzling time of 18 minutes, 39 seconds, while beating Adams by 16 seconds. As a consolation, Adams (18:55) surpassed Rachel Hosie’s school record by eight seconds.
The old record-holder was Katie Brislin, who posted an 18:43 while at CBA before transferring to Fayetteville-Manlius and was a member of last year’s Nike national championship team.
Averaging 20:01 for their top five, the Mustangs of Marcellus beat Skaneateles 25-30. But the young Lakers, who did beat CBA to salvage a split of the meet, improved over the past two weeks by lowering its team average from 20:35 to 20:15 as they head into the championship portion of the season.
All seven Skaneateles varsity runners set all-time records on the soft turf of the Polo Grounds. Adams, in second, improved her best mark by 13 seconds. Fellow sophomore Morel Malcolm, in fifth (19:53), improved 10 seconds and is beginning to find her pace.
Virginia Hamlin, also a sophomore, beat her old time by three ticks while placing eighth in 20:34. Freshman rookie Jennifer DeRosa slaughtered her old time by 40 seconds and placed a very strong 9th in 20:44.
Senior Julia Poorman worked hard over the last half of the course to place 11thin 21:12 to improve by 10seconds. Frosh Liz Dwyer improved 26 seconds and took 13th in 21:22 while senior Shannon Byrne grabbed 15th in 21:30 while cutting her time by 16 seconds.
The boys race, also a split for Skaneateles (it beat a CBA side without top runner Brendan Smith, who had won his race two days earlier in the Manhattan Invitational), was all Marcellus. Jesse Garn (17:30) led a pack that took the top four spots. Behind Garn was Joe Fallon (17:32), Ryan Manahan (17:32) and John Bell (17:39). Rounding out the Mustang scoring was David Lilly in sixth place.
Ethan Johanns led the Lakers with an eighth-place finish in 18:13. Behind the junior was classmate Danny Sakal in ninth (18:25) and frosh Cooper Watt in 11th. Junior Matt Delasin took 14th and Ryan Terhune was 15th to finish the Laker scoring.