Boys cross country Mustangs earn sweep

Westhill/Ludden girls top Mustangs; J-E

A frenzied start to OHSL Liberty division saw each of the local cross country teams quite busy and mixing in wins and losses.

The Marcellus boys team, with the no. 9 state Class B ranking, swept Westhill/Bishop Ludden 18-38 and Homer 16-41 to get off to a quick league start. Westhill/Ludden topped the Trojans 20-41.

Joe Fallon and Ryan Manahan ran together at the top, both finishing in 18:40 ahead of John Bell, in third place (18:46), and Justin Garn, who was fourth in 19:03.

Jon Moore, in sixth place at 19:18, led the Westhill/Ludden group as Peter Lynch was seventh (19:29) and Will Downs (19:47) was eighth. The Mustangs’ David Lilly (19:54) beat Kyle Fitch (20:04) for the ninth spot.

In the girls match, though, Westhill/Ludden, led by Jessica Curry and Betsy Black, beat Marcellus 25-30, while also topping Homer 19-40. Marcellus also beat the Trojans 21-39.

Curry posted a top time of 20:18, part of a 1-2 finish as Black, in 20:36, got the runner-up spot. Following them, Rachel Garn led the Mustangs with a third-place clocking of 21:03, while Maggie Dunn was fourth in 21:36.

Emily Washburn helped Westhill/Ludden by running to fifth place in 22:03, while Erin Christensen finished in 23:32. Molly McGuane (22:55) and Mary Morocco (23:00) were eighth and ninth, respectively.

Solvay’s boys team staged its own sweep last Wednesday, beating Jordan-Elbridge 25-30 and also rolling past Skaneateles 15-44 at the Lakers’ Polo Grounds home course.

It was the Eagles’ Steve Slonosky taking individuals in 16:43, five seconds ahead of the Bearcats’ Cody McCarthy, with Solvay’s Matt Cregan third in 17:18.

After J-E’s Mitch Alpha took fourth place in 17:38, Solvay went ahead for good when Matt Battaglia finished fifth (17:46) and Eric Goodrich took sixth in 17:57. Nate Carr, in 18:07, was behind the Eagles’ Jacob Patterson and Jack Gugle (both in 18:03), but ahead of Dylan Wittico (18:11) in 10th.

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