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.
continued “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.