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Westhill/Ludden runners sweep OHSL Liberty meet

McGuane, Garn gives Marcellus individual titles

Marcellus girls cross country runner Rachel Garn (right) sprints to the finish line just in front of Skaneateles’ Kaitlyn Neal in Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty division championship meet at Jordan-Elbridge. Garn, in a time of 20:07.3, beat Neal by two-tenths of a second.

Marcellus girls cross country runner Rachel Garn (right) sprints to the finish line just in front of Skaneateles’ Kaitlyn Neal in Wednesday’s OHSL Liberty division championship meet at Jordan-Elbridge. Garn, in a time of 20:07.3, beat Neal by two-tenths of a second. Pete Davis

— When the Onondaga High School League's 10 Liberty division cross country teams gathered together Wednesday at Jordan-Elbridge, Westhill/Bishop Ludden went to the top of both the boys and girls divisions.

As that was going on, the turmoil-filled Marcellus Mustangs produced both individual champions - Rachel Garn on the girls side, Patrick McGuane on the boys side.

It was a close OHSL Liberty girls meet, where Westhill/Ludden, no. 16 in the state Class B rankings, knocked off Skaneateles, the state's no. 2-ranked Class C side, with 44 points to the Lakers' 54.

The individual race turned into a classic, with Garn dueling with Skaneateles sophomore Kaitlyn Neal. They nearly hit the finish line together, but Garn, in a time of 20 minutes, 7.3 seconds, edged Neal (20:07.5) by two-tenths of a second.

Then Westhill/Ludden brought forth its championship effort, as Genny Corcoran took third place in 20:11.5, with Annibel Coolican seventh in 21:02.7 and Erin Morrell taking ninth place in 21:13.8.

Emily Washburn got to 12th place in 21:33.7, and the Warriors clinched the league title when Mary Kate Washburn gained 17th place in 21:51.7, just ahead of Caroline Coates (22:03.9) in 19th place. By contrast, Skaneateles had just three other runners (Madeline Adams, Julia Willcox and Liz Dwyer) in the top 20.

As for Marcellus, who finished fourth with 117 points, Eliza Bell made her way to 20th place in 22:04.2. Dominique Weeks was 28th, in 23:11.6, ahead of Schuyler Stuart (24:15.4) and Emily Townsend (24:21.5) among the Mustangs' runners. Brianna Szczech (24:37.9) was 44th.

Host Jordan-Elbridge was sixth in the eight-team field, but Abby Gugel had a strong individual showing, taking fifth place in 20:51.3. Further back, Marissa Malvaso had a 31st-place clocking of 23:32.6, just ahead of Eagles teammates Miranda Malvaso (23:59.2) and Emily Kuehnle (24:12.7), with Lauren Hubbs getting to 45th place in 24:43.2.

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