Skaneateles girls cross country sophomore Kaitlyn Neal finished second at Saturday's state Class C championship race at Queensbury High School in a time of 18 minutes, 26.3 seconds, but was best among team competitors. Neal led the Lakers to a third-place finish in the team standings behind Bronxville and Canton.
The senior rallied over the final 555 meters to take 23rd overall and 11th in the team scoring with a time of 19:27.5. After the race, Adams was mournful that her five-year varsity career, which was long and illustrious, had come to such a ‘quick’ end.
Running in the third position on the team was Liz Dwyer who placed 50th overall while taking 21st in the team category with a time of 20:03 flat.
“Liz rebounded really well from her sectional race and she’s positioned for a great senior campaign,” said Reed. “I’m real high on Liz. The sky is the limit for her if it’s something she wants.”
Finishing with a time of 20:58 flat, as she placed 78th overall while earning the 36th spot in the team competition, was freshman Julia Willcox.
“Julia will do so much more the next time we get to the Big Stage,” said Tuttle. “The first time in such an important race is rough for almost everyone. Getting the mystery put behind her is going to be a good thing down the road.”
Elsa Soderberg took 81st overall while placing 38th in the team category as the junior finished with a time of 21:03.3
“Elsa’s best days are ahead of her," said Reed. "She surprised us with an incredible amount of improvement from her sophomore year. With a good indoor and outdoor season, plus a solid summer, Elsa could be dangerous next fall and catch the eye of college coaches.”
Finishing in the 94th and 95th spot were sisters Morel and Finan Malcolm. Senior Morel closed out her career with a time of 21:22.7 while Finan crossed the line in 21:23.4, just 0.7 seconds behind her big sister.
Neal, by virtue of her stellar finish, earned a trip to the state Federation championships this weekend at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls along the eastern shore of the Hudson River.
That race features the best teams and individuals regardless of school size in New York. It also features schools from the Association of Independent Schools, the PSAL from New York City and the Catholic High School Athletic Association.
It should be noted that more than 18,000 student-athletes in New York State participated in Cross Country this fall. Those students came from nearly 600 high schools.