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Girls cross country Lakers aim high in 2013

Skaneateles wants shot at sectional, state honors

Skaneateles girls cross country runners relax after a tough summer workout in a local cemetery. The Lakers open its season Sept. 7 at the East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational with high hopes of winning its first Section III title in six years.

Skaneateles girls cross country runners relax after a tough summer workout in a local cemetery. The Lakers open its season Sept. 7 at the East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational with high hopes of winning its first Section III title in six years.

— Led by senior All-State runner Madeline Adams, and sophomore All-State runner Kaitlyn Neal, could 2013 be the year that the Skaneateles girls cross country team recaptures the Section III title and takes a shot at the state championship? They last won a sectional title in 2007.

“We’re good (and) we’re fast. How good? We’ll know in a month,” said co-coach Rob Tuttle who is sharing the duties with Jack Reed this fall.

“We’ve coached together for years, no matter who had which coaching assignment, so we decided to focus on one team instead of coaching both the boys and girls and see what we could do,” said Reed.

Skaneateles has a long history of cross country success and can boast of four state girls championships and 20 top-three finishes in Section III in the last 25 years. And during that span, Skaneateles won 14 titles while amassing an unprecedented streak of 10 consecutive championships between 1994 and 2003.

This fall, Skaneateles will once again have to contend with a powerful Cazenovia team while watching out for sleepers like Jordan-Elbridge.

Morel Malcolm, a senior, put up some fast times in indoor and outdoor track, and has added significant strength to her arsenal as Reed said she’s primed and ready to roll.

Junior Liz Dwyer has been confidently challenging the front pack during Boot Camp and is more fit than ever after a summer of dedicated work on the local roads. Upstart Julia Willcox has dazzled after training in Slovakia for a good portion of the summer.

“We emailed quite a bit while Julia was overseas, and I could tell by her paces and the words she used in her notes that this would be a different Julia this year," said Reed. "She’s done nothing but impress us since she returned home."

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