Westhill/Ludden runners sweep OHSL Liberty meet

Manahan wins boys race; J-E's Gugel second in girls race

— Moving to the girls OHSL Liberty meet, Westhill/Ludden had to fight off Skaneatlees, winning with 46 points to the Lakers’ 60. Marcellus, with 125 points, edged Chittenango by a point for fourth place as J-E claimed eighth place.

Ironically, it was the Eagles’ Abby Gugel that posted the best finish among individuals, covering the Jamesville Beach course in 19:28.1, second only to fast-rising Skaneateles freshman Kaitlyn Neal, who won in 19:15.6.

Westhill/Ludden started winning the meet when Annibel Coolican made her way to third place in 19:43.4. Emily Washburn, in 19:53.5, finished sixth, while Erin Morrell finished ninth (20:15.2) and Genny Corcoran earned 10th place in 20:18.5. Mary Kate Washburn clinched the title when she finished 19th in 21:04.3, ahead of Caroline Coates (21:18.9) and Erin Christensen (21:57.2).

Marcellus star Rachel Garn had a fifth-place time of 19:51.1, with Molly McGuane taking 21st place in 21:14.1. Eliza Bell, in 22:04 flat, finished 32nd, with Schuyler Stuart (22:15.6) and Dominique Weeks (22:16.9) in 35th and 36th, respectively.

For J-E, it was a long way between Gugel and Brianna Byrnes, who finished 44th in a time of 23:07 flat. Natalie Emerick was 57th, in 24:19.6, followed by Lauren Hubbs (25:13.7) and Jenny Hartwell (27:09.8) to round out the scoring column.

All of these teams and individuals will descend upon Vernon-Verona-Sherrill on Nov. 3 for the Section III championship meet, on the same course where the 2011 state meet took place.

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