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Neal runs record race at Polo Grounds

Skaneateles freshman breaks mark in big win over Caz

Skaneateles girls cross country freshman Kaitlyn Neal accelerates around the final turn on her way to breaking the Polo Grounds course record in last Tuesday’s meet  against Cazenovia, a 23-35 victory that kept the Skaneateles girls undefeated.  Neal recorded a time of 18:37.5, breaking the mark held by Marcellus’ Rachel Garn.

Skaneateles girls cross country freshman Kaitlyn Neal accelerates around the final turn on her way to breaking the Polo Grounds course record in last Tuesday’s meet against Cazenovia, a 23-35 victory that kept the Skaneateles girls undefeated. Neal recorded a time of 18:37.5, breaking the mark held by Marcellus’ Rachel Garn. Pete Davis

— Morel Malcolm continued her comeback from a spring injury as she placed 8th in 20:27 while looking every bit the runner she was prior to the setback.

“Morel’s legs were moving. She had the focus and in a few weeks she’ll be a whole different runner,” said coach Rob Tuttle.

Rounding out the scoring was eighth-grader Julia Willcox who took ninth in 20:50 which was nearly a half minute faster than her first attempt a week earlier. Junior Maria Schillace worked hard on the hills and took 11th in 21:16 to match her previous week’s effort.

The Skaneateles boys won for the first time this season with a strong 23-37 win against Cazenovia.

Sean Satchwell , the Cazenovia sophomore, won with a good time of 17:21 as Cooper Watt once again led the Skaneateles charge. The Skaneateles sophomore took second place in 17:41 which was the identical time that he ran a week earlier against Marcellus at the immaculately maintained Polo Grounds layout.

Frosh Chris Niebuhr continued to impress in his rookie season by taking third in 18:08 while Danny Sakal was the first senior to finish on the senior-laden Skaneateles team as he placed fifth in 18:50.

Junior Patrick Biver took sixth in 19:04 while senior Ethan Johanns took seventh (19:19) to close out the scoring. Fellow senior Matt Delasin placed eighth (19:27), while junior Nick Smolenski grabbed 10th in 19:32.

The Laker teams will travel north to Hannibal Wednesday to close out the dual meet portion of the season. With a win, the Laker girls will capture first place for the first time since 2008. Prior to that, the Skaneateles girls had won the league crown 15 of the previous 16 seasons.

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