Gaining a key point in the tight OHSL Liberty division race, the Marcellus boys cross country team held off Solvay 25-30 last Wednesday afternoon to finish off a sweep of the Bearcats.
The Mustangs went 1-2 among individuals, with Ryan Manahan, who finished in 18:34.5, deferring to Justin Garn (18:34 flat) at the top spot. Just as importantly, Marcellus’ fifth runner, Alex Stopen, finished in 20:57, eight seconds ahead of Solvay’s Isaiah Lee, to help his side hang on.
In between, the Bearcats’ Matt Cregan finished third, in 18:39, while Cody McCarthy was fourth in 19:23 and Eric Goodrich (19:44) finished fifth. Two Mustangs, Pat McGuane (10:17) and Alex Zamajski (20:18), finished ahead of Solvay’s Nate Carr (20:53) in eighth place.
Marcellus, in the girls meet, landed five of the top six spots, led again by Rachel Garn, whose time of 22:30 was more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Molly McGuane, who was second in 24:58, inches ahead of Eliza Bell (24:58.5) in third place. Emily Townsend was fourth (25:17) and Dominique Weeks (26:38) was sixth.
Westhill/Bishop Ludden swept Chittenango, prevailing 15-48 in the boys meet and 19-43 in the girls meet.
Casey Bunce won the boys race in 14:18. Peter Lynch, in 14:29, edged out Liam Rodgers (14:30) for the runner-up spot, and Vinny Carr, in fourth place (14:47), did the same over Dan DeMauro (14:48) for fourth place. Alec Walsh gained eighth place in 14:59, while Josh Owens (15:12) and Garnet Remillard (15:15) also reached the top 10.
It was Annibel Coolican winning the girls race, her time of 16:13 beating the Bears’ Anna Galbraith (16:29) by 16 seconds, but Westhill/Ludden swept the rest of the top five.
Emily Washburn, in 17:02, slid into third place, while Caroline Coates was fourth in 17:18. Genny Corcoran (17:27) was fifth, inches ahead of Erin Morrell (17:28), with Mary Kate Washburn (18:02) and Erin Christensen (18:22) also managing top-10 finishes.