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.
continued Moving to the boys OHSL Liberty meet, it was a bit more lopsided. Westhill/Ludden had 36 points, easily taking the title as J-E, with 85 points, managed to get second place and Marcellus (113 points) made its way to fourth place.
McGuane also had an easier time than Garn claiming the individual championship, enduring the cold, wet conditions on the tough J-E course to finish in 17 minutes, 48.3 seconds, the only competitor to go under the 18-minute mark.
Right behind, Liam Rodgers gave Westhill/Ludden a second-place finish in 18:01.1, and then the Warriors really took over. Josh Owens got sixth place, in 18:29.2, with Garnet Remillard in seventh place (18:33.3) and Kyle Fitch taking eighth place in 18:39.7.
Alec Walsh was 13th in 18:51 flat to finish the scoring column, with Vincenzo Carr 19th in 19:11.2. Bryan King (19:32.6), Brian Celeste (19:36.9), and Cain Ballard (19:38.1) also recorded top-30 finishes.
Nathan Hollis led J-E's runner-up team performance, covering his home course in 18:27.7 to finish fifth among individuals behind McGuane, Rodgers, Ben Slate (Hannibal) and Dominic Morganti (CBA).
Eighth-grader Hunter Brunelle was 14th, in 18:52 flat, for the Eagles, with Nick Parkolap getting to 17th place in 19:01, exactly nine seconds behind. Dylan Whittico (19:36.4) and Jacob Patterson (19:36.7) were 24th and 25th, respectively, just in front of Austin Milton (19:51.4) and Alex Parkolap (19:55.3).
Other than McGuane, just one Marcellus runner, Alex Zamojski, reached the top 20, sliding into 20th place in 19:20.2. Steve Larison was 22nd, in 19:30.5, while Kevin Pierce was 35th in 20:05.9, just ahead of Matt Strempel (20:14.0), Tom Dailey (20:30.7), Andrew Marsh (20:32.7) and Sean Kocher (20:46.2).
Solvay did not field a full girls team, but Ashlee Riggins still ran to 40th place in 24:29.7. As for the boys Bearcats, Eric Goodrich had the best showing, getting to 16th place in 19:00.3 as Nate Carr (20:13.5) took 38th place.
All attention now shifts to the Section III championships, which take place on Nov. 2 at Jamesville Beach Park and will determine berths in the Nov. 9 state meet at Queensbury.