The watery deluge that swamped the state’s Southern Tier last week didn’t spare the City of Newark near Rochester. But by race time at last Thursday’s Early Season Scramble, the turf was ready for high school cross country competition. And the Skaneateles girls were ready, too.
In this meet, the unique format allowed freshmen and sophomores to race together, while the upperclassmen raced in a separate junior/senior race.
Madeline Adams, who claims she has no speed, took a quick lead that eventually stretched into a victory margin of 1:14 in a race that measured 3.49 miles rather than the federally mandated 3.1 mile distance. Her winning time was 21 minutes, 38 seconds.
Adams, a sophomore, led classmates Morel Malcolm who finished in fifth in 23:46, and Virginia Hamlin, who took sixth place, one second behind Malcolm. Taking 14th and 15th was frosh rookies Jennifer DeRosa (25:03) and Liz Dwyer (25:09), who opened some eyes with their hardworking performance.
In the so-called ‘big girls’ race, senior Julia Poorman earned a 10th-place finish with a solid and steady performance in a clocking of 24:10. In 15th was classmate Shannon Byrne in 25:41.
Leading the boys in this non-scoring meet was Ethan Johanns in the upperclassmen division with a 20th place finish in 21:12. Matt Delasin was 28th (21:36) with fellow junior Danny Sakal in 32nd place in 22:05.
In the underclassmen division, Ryan Terhune, a rookie sophomore, took 12th place in 20:43, with rookie frosh Cooper Watt finishing in the 18th spot in 21:38.
Overall for the girls, it was the state’s No. 3 ranked team, Tully nipping Skaneateles in the unofficial tally while powerful Rochester McQuaid was easily the top boys team in the meet.
Next for the Lakers is a trip this weekend to Maine-Endwell, where hopefully the flood waters will have receded.