Skaneateles freshmen Jennifer DeRosa and Liz Dwyer have quietly formed the heart of the Laker cross country team.
And they did it once again at last week’s split decision as the merged Bishop Ludden/Westhill team slipped past the Lakers while Skaneateles won a lopsided 2.9 mile race against host Hannibal.
While DeRosa pushed sophomore teammate Virginia Hamlin, senior Julia Poorman pushed Dwyer. Up ahead, Madeline Adams was battling the threesome of race winner Jessica Curry (Ludden), Betsy Black (Ludden) and Emily Washburn (Westhill).
Right behind was Morel Malcolm who was in a back-and-forth battle with Hannibal’s top runner, Madelen Mikalsen.
Adams took third in 17:33, while fellow sophomore Malcolm pushed to overtake her Warrior shadow to place fourth in 18:27. Hamlin finished strong to place eighth in 18:57 while DeRosa was just a tick and a place behind, ninth in 18:58.
Dwyer finished in 11th with a time of 19:14 while Poorman grabbed 12th in 19:39. Right behind was surprise sophomore Maria Schillace in 13th with a clocking of 19:50 as it appears the ankle that was broken in spring softball is no longer a problem.
At this same meet, the Skaneateles boys struggled from the gun and were shut out by both host Hannibal and the merged Ludden/Westhill team. Ethan Johanns placed 17th in 17:02 while Danny Sakal was 18th in 17:03. Only 28 seconds would separate the Lakers top runner from their fifth.
Placing third on the team and taking 20th place was frosh Cooper Watt (17:13). Eight seconds back in 21st was Ryan Terhune. Closing out the scoring was Matt Delasin in 23rd with a time of 17:30
“The boys are better than that,” said Coach Rob Tuttle. “They’re strong. They’re fit. They were rested.
“Coach (Jack) Reed worked them hard the next day, not to punish them, but to prove that they have real ability and a big upside. And they succeeded at a high level. A lesson learned, the hard way.”
Next for the Lakers is the OHSL Liberty division championship meet, held Wednesday at the Sean Goggin Sports Complex in Cazenovia.