With military helicopters swooping in overhead while ferrying in supplies to the flood-stricken Southern Tier last Saturday, the cross girls of Skaneateles were busy toiling away on the muck and mud while winning their first invitational of the young season at Maine-Endwell.
Three sophomores provided the upfront power by placing first, third and fifth to lead the Lakers, who recorded 40 points, over top contenders Vestal (60 points), Union-Endicott (81 points) and host Maine-Endwell (84 points).
Winning her second race of the season, Madeline Adams pulled away at the end of the first of three loops to win with a fast clocking of 18:44 while Morel Malcolm rolled to a time of 19:39 and Virginia Hamlin entered the chute at 19:54 to lead the attack.
Jennifer DeRosa, just a freshman, took 15th in 20:31 while displaying controlled aggression right into the finish chute. Tough, patient and learning fast, she exploded across the finish line. Providing the leadership for 98 percent of the race for DeRosa was senior Julia Poorman who crossed in 16th place in 20:34.
Winning the junior varsity race in 21:12 was Ellis VanSlyke, who ran alone and pushed herself in a solid solo effort. Taking second place and still recovering from a broken ankle suffered during her softball season, sophomore Maria Schillace finished in 22:11. Eighth grader Kaitlyn Neal was fourth in 22:18.
The boys Lakers started strong to take fifth place in a field that was led by host and top-ranked Maine-Endwell, who won with 24 points and showed signs that they are ready to take the state title.
Ethan Johanns took 22nd in 17:17 to lead the Lakers. Behind the junior was frosh Cooper Watt in 27th in 17:50. Sophomore Ryan Terhune finished in 18:03 for 31st while junior Nick Smolenski was 33rd in 18:17. Closing out the scoring was Matt Delasin, a junior, in 37th with a clocking of 18:23.
This leads to the start of the OHSL Liberty division slate as Jordan-Elbridge and Solvay visit the Polo Grounds on Wednesday afternoon.