Most of the area’s cross country teams moved into league competition Wednesday afternoon, and all of them managed to find wins.
Jamesville-DeWitt, in fact, beat two opponents, the boys Red Rams topping Mexico 20-39 and Cortland 15-40 to move to 2-0 in the OHSL Freedom division.
Will Hohreiter, second in a time of 18:47 to Mexico’s James Gowans (18:24), led a five-man J-D charge. Nick Harron was third, in 19:07, with Matt Muccid in fourth (19:24), Isaac Tupper fifth (19:25) and Jack Healy sixth in 19:40.
The J-D girls also earned a sweep, beating Mexico 18-43 and Cortland 18-45 as Rachel Fairbanks took individual honors in 24:28, well clear of teammate Katie Pinkes (24:53) in the runner-up spot.
Emilee Carpenter, in fourth place in 25:26, also cracked the top five. Katherine Coughlin was sixth in 25:58, while Samantha Jaffe (26:03), Holly Deng (26:12) and Amber Blom (26:26) also finished in the top 10.
Both of East Syracuse-Minoa’s teams dominated their head-to-head match with Fulton, beating the Red Raiders 15-49 on the girls side and 15-46 on the boys side.
Gabby Pallotta worked her way to the girls victory in 21:15., more than a minute ahead of Spartan teammate Morgan Young (22:24) in second place.
Young edged Brittany Kubecka, who was third in 22:25, as part of a top-six ESM sweep. Cindy Brownson (22:31), Bridget Benz (22:32) and Megan Crandall (22:33) were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Paige Courbat took eighth (22:33) just ahead of Cherish Flynn (23:34) and Maria Miner (23:37).
Over in the boys race, Joe and Mike Coogan ran together at the top, Joe prevailing though both hit the line in 18:31. Louis Ferrone (18:32) and Jesse Perrone (18:33) were close behind as Nick Schug (18:48) completed a top-five sweep. Brandon Miller was seventh in 18:51 and Casey McGarrity (19:14) also finished in the top 10.