Cazenovia The weather at the Sean Goggin Memorial Sports Complex in Cazenovia was ugly. The turf was wet and the water was as deep as the Rio Grande. But there was no wind as a calm settled over a foggy race course during Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division cross country championship.
The Skaneateles girls took third place, with 75 points, behind winner Westhill/Bishop Ludden (45 points) and host Cazenovia (63 points) and just ahead of Marcellus, who was fourth with 79 points.
“We’re closing the gap,” said Coach Rob Tuttle. “And Morel Malcolm was sick. And senior Julia Poorman didn’t make the trip because she’s been sick. We’re peaking at the right time with (Class C) sectionals just around the corner.”
Madeline Adams led a young group around the challenging 4800 meter course which is just short of three miles. The sophomore used a nice surge over the final 1,000 meters to finish in fourth with a time of 19:32.5 as mud coated her legs.
Then it was a nice pack-attack as sophomore Virginia Hamlin took 13th in 20:42.6 while Malcolm was right behind in 16th with a time of 20:55.5. A super race by freshman Jennifer DeRosa led to an 18th-place finish in 21:03 flat as she improves each and every race.
After a week of iron supplements, eighth-grader Kaitlyn Neal took 24th in easily her best race as she begins to meet expectations. She was clocked in 21:46.9. Frosh Liz Dwyer took 26th in 22:00.6 as her rookie season continues to soar.
There’s a lot of young talent on the Skaneateles team. Adams was the second sophomore in the field. Hamlin was the eighth sophomore while Malcolm was the 10th sophomore.
Out of the top 31 finishers, 16 were from the sophomore class. DeRosa was the second frosh to finish while Neal was the top eighth-grader. Dwyer was the third frosh across the finish line.