East Syracuse Before it could set out to defend league and sectional titles, the Cazenovia girls cross country team first had to go through a pair of high-quality meets to start its 2011 slate.
And the first act was last Saturday’s East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational, where the Lakers put up 89 points, edging Marcellus (90 points) for the runner-up spot behind Baldwinsville, who won with 66 points.
Sophomore Jeannette Cudney ran her way to fifth place in 20 minutes, 21.4 seconds on the Pine Grove Junior High School course, the only Cazenovia runner in the top 10.
Another sophomore, Megan Stanford, claimed 19th place in 22:28.9. Three of the Lakers ran together, with junior Magaret Wolsey 23rd in 22:41.5, just ahead of sophomore Malone Gabor in 24th place (22:48.5) and senior Rae Tobey, who was 25th in 22:49.4. Victoria Wright finished 49th.
Chittenango took 12th place in the 17-team field, with 290 points. Junior Shannon Bunce had the top individual effort, getting to 26th place in 22:52.2, just behind the Laker trio of Wolsey, Gabor and Tobey. Freshman Kendall McGee was 39th in 23:30.9.
On the boys side at the ESM meet, Chittenango was 15th, with 414 points, and Cazenovia slid into 19th place with 478 points.
For the Bears, senior Jason Given led the way, earning 55th place in a time of 19:49.6, while Kenny Galbraith was 65th in 20:21.3. Cazenovia freshman Sean Swatchell claimed 80th place in 21:12.5, six places better than Carter Biviano.