Skaneateles cross country sophomore Liz Dwyer exploded upon the cross country scene at last Saturday’s East Aurora Invitational, crossing the finish line in the ninth spot in 19:47.18 to help her team win its division.
Taking one for the team was junior Madeline Adams who, despite taking second in her two previous invitational races, placed a credible fourth in 19:19.53.
“Maddy had a few problems that developed after the last race in Binghamton,” said Tuttle. “Her plantar fascia is strained and as a result, her opposite hip is hurting. And to complete the trifecta, she caught a nasty head cold.
“We’ll keep her in the recreation center pool for the next few weeks to give her a chance to heal fully. When she’s healthy, she’s an All-State runner.”
Marcellus transfer Maggie Dunn saw her first action after months of physical rehab, and the senior didn’t disappoint. For most of the race, she was in the top three, and only in the final 800 meters did she drop back a bit, still getting a strong sixth-place finish in 19:24.38.
“She either goes hard or she doesn’t go at all,” said Tuttle. “In a few weeks, she’ll race herself into top shape.”
Having the race of her life was the team’s ‘secret weapon’ Liz Dwyer, who finished ninth in the 93-runner field in a time of 19:47.18.
“She’s beginning to fly and she’s gaining more confidence every race,” said Tuttle. “She’s the game changer, the one who will put us over the top.”
Rounding out the team scoring was soph Jennifer DeRosa who took 15th in 20:04. “She’s learned how to start, how to allocate her energy resources, and most important of all, she’s confident and willing to grind it out for the team,” according to Tuttle. “She’s the steadiest girl on the team.”
The rest of the Lakers also ran effectively. Morel Malcolm took 22nd in 20:18.37 as she begins to leave a lingering hip injury behind. Maria Schillace found the wet and mucky course to her liking while placing 30th in 20:43.87 in the best race of her career.
Running side by side and passing Fredonia runners in the final stretch was eighth-grader Julia Willcox in 32nd (20:48.82) and frosh Finan Malcolm in 33rd (20:52.22). Ginny Hamlin ran to 42nd place in 21:24.
At the 61st Baldwinsville Invitational, the Skaneateles boys team ran. Cooper Watt and frosh Chris Niebuhr took 51st and 54th in the 221-runner race. The Lakers placed 15th in the 31-team field in the Small School division.
The Lakers travel to Jordan-Elbridge for an OHSL Liberty division dual meet this Wednesday. The Skaneateles boys will compete at Central Square this weekend.