Everything that took place for Jamesville-DeWitt’s cross country teams in the last full week of October amounted to a triumph.
That included last Thursday’s Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship meet, held at East Syracuse-Minoa, where the Red Rams claimed both the girls and boys team titles.
For the J-D girls, it proved particularly exciting. ESM, on its home course, was favored, but with 36 points, the Red Rams edged the Spartans by a single point when all the totals were added up.
The battle started out front, where Rachel Fairbanks, in 19 minutes, 38.4 seconds, fended off two ESM runners, Gabby Pallotta (19:49.9) and Natalie Marra (20:05.5), who snared the second and third spots, respectively.
Another Spartan, Juliette Miller, raced to fifth place in 20:46.9, but four J-D runners would cross the line before the next ESM competitor did so.
Emilee Carpenter led the rally, taking seventh place in 20:54.2. Samantha Clemons finished eighth, in 21:36.9, while Jess Piccone was 10th (21:43.6) and Laura Wengert was 11th in 21:49.6.
Though five ESM runners followed, led by Cindy Brownson (22:04.7), Bridget Benz (22:07.0) and Maria Miner (22:20.9), J-D had accumulated enough points to hang on. The Spartans’ Morgan Young (22:33.4) and Brittany Kubecka (23:01.9) finished ahead of the Red Rams’ trio of Samantha Jaffe (23:15.5), Katie Pinkes (23:28.7) and Ashley Lawless (23:33.7).
Meanwhile, the boys OHSL meet saw J-D picking up 46 points, enough to get past runner-up Mexico (55 points) as ESM, with 70 points, settled for fourth place.
The Spartans’ Jesse Perrone finished second, in 17:14.8, behind Mexico’s James Gowans (17:02.2), but J-D started to take over when Nick Harron finished fourth in 17:33.9 and Billy Hohreiter got to fifth place in 17:43.3.
Further depth was shown when the Rams’ Isaac Tupper earned eighth place in 18:17.2 and Brady Wing got to 12th place in 18:43.9, both of them of ESM’s duo of Nick Schug (18:47.4) and Jacob Barker (18:48.7) in the 13th and 14th spots.