In a pair of close meets, the Marcellus cross country teams managed to hold off Chittenango last Wednesday afternoon, the start of a productive week for the Mustangs on a team and individual basis.
For the boys Mustangs, a 26-29 victory over the Bears required a 1-2 effort from Ryan Manahan and Justin Garn. Manahan won the race in 18 minutes, 37 seconds, while Garn worked his way to second place in 18:54, well ahead of the Bears’ Isaac Czarnecki (19:12) in third.
Only Alex Zamajski, in sixth place (19:31), broke up a Chittenango run before Alex Stopen and Pat McGuane rescued the meet. Stopen finished eighth and McGuane in ninth, both of them crossing the finish line in 19:53.
On the girls side, Marcellus, led again by Rachel Garn and Molly McGuane, earned a 25-32 victory over Chittenango. Garn won in a time of 21:15 as McGuane, in 22:40, was nearly a minute ahead of the Bears’ top runner, Shannon Bunce (23:42), to put together yet another 1-2 finish.
Then Eliza Bell made her way to sixth place in 24:21, just ahead of Schuyler Stuart (24:22), while Emily Townsend earned ninth place in 24:41 and Dominique Weeks (24:45) was 10th.
Neither of West Genesee’s cross country teams could keep up in last Wednesday’s showdown with Fayetteville-Manlius, falling 15-49 on the girls side and 23-32 on the boys side.
At least in the boys race, the Wildcats had its full lineup and took aim at the Hornets. Nate Conroy led WG, finshing in 17 minutes, 42 seconds, with Will Randall (17:57) right behind, but they trailed the 1-2 effort of F-M’s Nick Ryan (17:37) and Bryce Millar (17:39).
Mike Lannon made his way to seventh place, in 18:02, inches ahead of Jack Erhard, who was eighth in 18:03. Kal Strickland also ran well, claiming 10th place in 18:11.