Skaneateles boys cross country freshman Chris Niebuhr (left) and senior Ethan Johanns make the turn midway through Saturday’s East Syracuse-Minoa invitational. Niebuhr finished in the 55th spot, while Johanns placed 39th behind team leader Cooper Watt in 30th place.
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.