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Neal, Adams earn All-State cross country honors

Laker freshman rises to eighth place at state Class C meet

Skaneateles girls cross country freshman Kaitlyn Neal with the medal she won as a result of her eighth-place finish in last Saturday’s state Class C championship meet at Elma Meadows. Neal finished in a time of 19 minutes, 18.9 seconds.

Skaneateles girls cross country freshman Kaitlyn Neal with the medal she won as a result of her eighth-place finish in last Saturday’s state Class C championship meet at Elma Meadows. Neal finished in a time of 19 minutes, 18.9 seconds.

Despite their achievement, neither was truly satisfied.

“I know I can win this next year,” said Neal, with confidence.

Adams, who was making her third consecutive trip to the state championship, had her best finish by more than 20 places. but was still angry at the injuries that kept her from chasing her dream of winning the state title.

“It’s frustrating, but I’ll be the girl to deal with in track as soon as I get past these problems,” she said on the long ride back home to Skaneateles after learning that her coaches expected her to take a full two-week break from running.

It was the first time since 2008 that a Skaneateles runner earned an All-State designation (Rachel Hosie) and the first time since 2004 that two Lakers earned All-State accolades in the same year (Jessica O’Neill and Zandra Walton).

“These two girls deserved everything they earned this season,” said coach Jack Reed. “Both worked hard and made enormous sacrifices that most kids wouldn’t even consider. And both will return better next fall when the goal will remain the same - win states.”

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