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Skaneateles girls run to Class C sectional title

Lakers claim first outright championship since 2006

The Skaneateles girls cross country team celebrates its Section III Class C championship, won Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park, its first outright title since 2006. From left: individual champion Kaitlyn Neal, Madeline Adams, Elsa Soderberg, Julia Willcox, Morel Malcolm, Liz Dwyer, Finan Malcolm, Ginny Hamlin, Jillian VanLeer, Maria Schillace.

The Skaneateles girls cross country team celebrates its Section III Class C championship, won Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park, its first outright title since 2006. From left: individual champion Kaitlyn Neal, Madeline Adams, Elsa Soderberg, Julia Willcox, Morel Malcolm, Liz Dwyer, Finan Malcolm, Ginny Hamlin, Jillian VanLeer, Maria Schillace.

— Liz Dwyer was out with the front pack but after getting bumped shortly after the start, a tendon in her hip ‘popped’. Fighting hard and racing with a big heart, the reliable junior still placed 25th in 21:57.4.

“Liz probably should have finished with a time of 20:30 or so,” said Jack Reed, who shares the coaching responsibilities with Rob Tuttle this year. “We’ll get a medical check-up Monday and hopefully she’ll be good to go this weekend. She ran a race that showed her character. She’s a tough young woman.”

Finan Malcolm raced to a time of 22:10.1 to take 28th place, while Ginny Hamlin took 46th in 23:42.4. Maria Schillace placed 54th (24:12.4) and rookie Jillian VanLeer took 58th (24:33.0) for the victorious Lakers.

In the boys sectional Class C race, Skaneateles finished 12th out of 15 teams, with Cooper Watt leading the Lakers as he finished 28th in a time of 18:18.2.

Chris Niebuhr was 51st, in 19:01.4, with Joe Capozza in 71st place, (19:38.8) four spots ahead of Steve Ciaccio (19:47.1). Dominic Grasso (20:18.5), Nick Smolenski (20:36.6), Alex Vanriper (22:06.0), Brad Wolfanger (22:42.9) and Joe Benedict (22:44.8) trailed them.

The state Class C no. 2-ranked girls Lakers will travel to Queensbury early Friday morning and will spend the night in Lake George as they make final preparations to battle top--ranked Bronxville, no. 3-ranked Broadalbin-Perth and a quickly improving team from Wayland-Cohocton in Saturday's Class C state championship meet, which starts at 10:40 a.m.

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