The cross country girls of Skaneateles stop long enough after last Saturday’s victory at the McDaniel/Baxter Invitational at Chenango Valley, where it beat large-school powers Corning and Ithaca for team honors. Front row, from left: Kaitlyn Neal, Liz Dwyer, Finan Malcolm, Ginny Hamlin, Jennifer DeRosa, Madeline Adams. Back row: Meghan Dwyer, Morel Malcolm, Maggie Dunn, rookie race winner Julia Willcox.
The boys of Skaneateles placed 12th in the 16-team field but, according to the staff, they were much improved from their first meet of the season.
“They’ve been working hard and we saw significant improvement today,” said Tuttle. “The compression or time gap between our first and fifth scorer was a good 1:34. If we can just get a bit more improvement, we’ll be in a much better position for the upcoming races.
Leading the way on a course with hills named “Suicide Hill” and “Killer Hill” was sophomore Cooper Watt, who was 36th with a clocking of 18:49.
Frosh Chris Niebuhr showed well again as he took 58th in 19:32 while senior Ethan Johanns worked hard for a 66th place finish in 19:44. Rounding out the scoring was Patrick Biver in 83rd and Nick Smolenski in 85th.
The boys will race in the 61st running of the Baldwinsville Invitational this weekend. Winning her first race was eighth-grader Julia Willcox who won by a margin of 54 seconds with a time of 16:19 in her 2.2-mile rookie race. For the boys, ninth-grader Dominic Grasso took fifth place in 14:56 while Connor Hurley placed 12th and Liam Alexander took 25th.