Jordan The Skaneateles boys cross country team charged from the start Wednesday at Jordan-Elbridge and held the lead until the final loop through the woods after 2.5 miles of rugged running.
But J-E’s superior summer training was the determining factor as they emerged from the wooded trails and entered the chute with a 21-34 league win in the OHSL Liberty Division.
“We asked the boys to engage early, to break up their top-3, and they went after it,” said coach Jack Reed. “They battled, they fought, but we just ran out of gas over the final half-mile.”
Leading the way for the Lakers was sophomore Cooper Watt who finished in 2nd in 19:19 behind J-E’s Jack Gugel (18:58), who has been owning races so far in the 2012 season around central New York.
Three more Eagles crossed the line after running Kamikaze Hill twice, and then it was the Laker pack that made things interesting. In sixth was early leader Chris Niebuhr who pushed his ninth-grade body to a time of 20:09.
Taking seventh and eighth was a pair of seniors - Ethan Johanns nailed a 20:15 and Danny Sakal finished in 20:29. Rounding out the scoring was junior Patrick Biver in 11th with a time of 20:50 for the 3.1 mile course.
The girls Lakers, still at no. 2 in the state Class C rankings, sat out five of its top runners against J-E, but still were able to easily defeat the Eagles 20-39.
Skaneateles was led by sophomore Liz Dwyer, who raced to second place behind race winner Abby Gugel from J-E. Gugel crossed the line in 21:53 while Dwyer was timed in 22:07.
But Dwyer, who is improving with each race, had opened the floodgates. In third was eighth-grader Julia Willcox in 22:51.
Maria Schillace was next in fourth with a clocking of 23:16. Junior Virginia Hamlin placed fifth in 23:24 and frosh Finan Malcolm was sixth in 24:00 to close down the scoring. Elsa Soderberg was ninth, in 26:54, and Alex Clark (27:18) rounded out the top 10.