East Syracuse The Skaneateles boys cross country team took 10th out of 15 teams at the 21st annual East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational on a Saturday morning that was perfect for running.
A half hour later, the Laker girls took a credible third, with 95 points, behind winner Cicero-North Syracuse (60 points) and a startling performance by the host Spartans from ESM, who edged Skaneateles by a single point with 94.
According to coach, Rob Tuttle, neither result was unexpected.
“The boys are a team of seniors but the experience factor came into play, and there’s no substitute for experience,” said Tuttle. “The girls were even more experienced with only second-place finisher Madeline Adams having shown mastery of the sport last year. It’ll take time, but we know we’ll improve.”
Behind a solid performance by junior star Adams, freshman upstart Kaitlyn Neal took seventh place while beating some of the ‘name’ runners from Section III. Neal clocked a 20:15.6, for the 3.1 mile layout while runner-up Adams sizzled to a 19:28.6. Fabius-Pompey’s Erin McConnell won in 18:47.2.
Running well was sophomore Jennifer DeRosa who took 25th in 21:58.5. Four spots back was junior Morel Malcolm with a time of 22:17.3as a sore hip took its toll early in the race before loosening up.
Three spots back of Malcolm was sophomore Liz Dwyer with a time of 22:29.8. Veteran Virginia Hamlin was 38th in a solid run in a time of 23:02.1. Eighth-grader Julia Wilcox finished a credible 40th in 23:14.2, and this was her first attempt to master a 5,000-meter course.
Taking third and seventh, respectively, in the JV race was frosh Finan Malcolm in 22:37 and Maria Schillace in 23:15. Malcolm’s time earned her a spot on the varsity club.
Leading the boys was sophomore Cooper Watt in 30th with a time of 18:50.2. Ethan Johanns, a senior, placed 39th in 19:36.1 while rookie frosh Chris Niebuhr ran to 55th in 20:19.2. Rounding out the scoring was senior Matt Delasin in 63rd (20:38.4) and Patrick Biver in 70th (20:57.1).
The Lakers will travel to the 45th annual Baxter-McDaniel Invitational at Chenango Valley this Saturday morning.