Hannibal had three of the top five finishers, but J-E swept the rest of the top 10, led by Nick Parkolap, who took sixth place in 15:52, two seconds ahead of Hunter Brunell. Dylan Whittico was eighth, in 16:16, with Jacob Patterson ninth (16:27) and Austin Milton (16:39) sliding into 10th place.
J-E’s girls also topped Hannibal 23-32 to move to 3-1 in advance of this Wednesday’s first-place showdown with Skaneateles, and once again Abby Gugel led the way, as her time of 17:53 beat the Warriors’ Mackenzie Mattison (18:40) by a healthy margin.
Marissa Malvaso and Miranda Malvaso each finished in 20:21, grabbing the fourth and fifth spots, while Emily Kuehnle (20:21) edged out Toni Malvaso (20:23) for sixth place, J-E finishing its scoring order before Hannibal’s Kristen D’Angelo (20:31) got eighth place.
Westhill/Bishop Ludden, still cruising in front of the league standings, rolled past Phoenix on Wednesday, the boys winning 15-50 and the girls prevailing 19-45.
Kyle Fitch won the boys race in a time of 14:35, edging Liam Rodgers (14:35.8) at the line. Josh Owens was third, in 14:48, followed by Alec Walsh (15:02) and Vincenzo Carr (15:10), with Brian Celeste (15:18) and Dan DeMauro (15:26) completing a top-seven sweep.
A close girls race saw Emily Washburn, in 16:37.5, edge Phoenix’s Haylie Virgnia and Genny Corcoran, who both finished in 16:39. Erin Morrell was fourth, in 17:14, with Mary Washburn (17:21), Annibel Coolican (17:27), Caroline Coates (17:34) and Erin Christensen (17:36) close behind and Molly Clark (18:37) in ninth place.
Both of West Genesee’s cross country teams ran right up against Fayetteville-Manlius, ranked no. 1 in the state in both the boys and girls Class A polls, and lost a pair of 15-50 decisions to the Hornets.
In each instance, the Wildcats, knowing it could not keep up with F-M’s unrivaled depth, made sure its top runners did not expend too much energy and saved its best effort for its trip to the Manhattan Invitational.
Mike Richards had the best boys time of 17:46.5, but nine F-M runners beat it, led by David Benman, who prevailed in 17:31.2. None of the girls Wildcats, including Laura Leff, reached the top 10 in that race as the Hornets’ Mackenzie Pierie won the race in 20:49.