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Skaneateles girls runners beat Cazenovia

Visitors win Laker clash of no. 2, 3 state-ranked C teams

Skaneateles girls cross country runners Liz Dwyer and Madeline Adams follow Cazenovia’s Jeanette Cudney around one of many slippery turns at Tuesday’s meet, a 24-31 Skaneateles victory. Dwyer eventually finished second to Kaitlyn Neal in the meet, with Adams in fourth place.

Skaneateles girls cross country runners Liz Dwyer and Madeline Adams follow Cazenovia’s Jeanette Cudney around one of many slippery turns at Tuesday’s meet, a 24-31 Skaneateles victory. Dwyer eventually finished second to Kaitlyn Neal in the meet, with Adams in fourth place.

— “Liz has found the zone,” said Tuttle. “She’s become a monster, and she seems to get better every race.”

Next to cross the line was Jeanette Cudney, the stellar Cazenovia senior, who finished in third in 19:56.5, just four-tenths of a second behind Dwyer. Adams, in 20:02, was just six seconds behind Cudney, showing huge improvement as she fights to regain the form that earned her a qualifying spot in the state championship the last three years.

After a threesome of Cazenovia Lakers – Mya Walters (20:31), Megan Stanford (20:38) and Hayley Frost (20:45) - crossed the line within 14 seconds of each other, the Skaneateles wave arrived to clinch the victory.

Morel Malcolm finished in the eighth spot in 20:56 while the illness-plagued Julia Willcox took ninth in 21:13 to sew up the team’s win. Elsa Soderberg suffered a cramp that developed from a hearty head cold and placed 11th. Senior Maria Schillace raced to 13th to close out the varsity action with a time of 22:18.

“Elsa’s been our closer all season and today she had to physically gut-out the painful last two miles,” said Tuttle. “You have to get air into the lungs or, in this sport, you suffer. Today she suffered. But she persevered, and that’s a sign of mental toughness that can’t be taught."

Skaneateles lost the boys meet to Cazenovia 22-38, with Cooper Watt finishing second in 18:09 behind Cazenovia’s Kevin Ridings, who won in 18:02. Chris Niebuhr was fourth, in 18:54, with Steve Ciaccio getting to ninth place in 20:11.

The Lakers will train both for the league championship dual meet with J-E and the Onondaga High School League Championship meet (that will also be hosted by J-E) on Oct. 23.

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