continued “Our best days are ahead,” said Tuttle. “But we still think we’re a contender this coming Saturday. Tully’s senior led team is the favorite, but I think Michelle Franklin-Rauber (the Tully coach) knows what’s coming.”
The boys’ Lakers finished in seventh in the nine- team field as they finished with gap of only 26 seconds separating the top finisher from the fifth and final scorer.
“We’re just a notch from being in the game,” said Tuttle. “We’re learning, getting stronger and getting closer to where the action is. Next year could be a competitive year. And with our modified boys winning today, the future is looking brighter.”
Ninth-grader Cooper Watt led the Lakers with a 31st place finish in 18:41.8. Junior Danny Sakal worked consistently throughout the race to take 32nd in 18:42.5.
Right behind the front running duo was the trio of sophomore Ethan Johanns in 40th(19:05.8), sophomore Ryan Terhune in 41st (19:05.8) and junior Matt Delasin in 42nd (19:08.2). Watt was the second frosh to finish in the race.
Next Saturday, at Jamesville Beach Park, is the Section III Class C championships, with the top team in each race moving on to the state meet Nov. 12 at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
The Laker girls haven’t been there since 2006 after a 13-year stretch in which they competed for the state title 11 times while winning in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
“We’re not quite there yet. But the girls’ time is coming,” said Tuttle as he sloshed through the mud.