Skaneateles girls cross country sophomore Kaitlyn Neal ran the fastest time of the day - a course record of 19 minutes, 6.4 seconds - at Saturday's Chittenango Invitational at Jamesville Beach Park, helping the Lakers win Varsity Race 1 and finish second overall to Liverpool for the day.
“We were pretty sure we had a good team, and today we saw it,” said Tuttle.
In Race 1, Skaneateles tallied 56 points to edge the 60 points garnered by C-NS. Farther back was Laker nemesis Cazenovia, with 86 points, while South Jefferson had 106 points and West Genesee 137 points in the 16-team field.
Willcox led the Laker pack. The freshman was 12th, in 21:08.4, while senior leader Madeline Adams was 13th at 21:09.4, exactly a second behind Willcox. Right behind, in 14th, was junior Liz Dwyer with a time of 21:19.1, as senior Morel Malcolm placed 16th in 21:23.8.
“All of those girls ran strong, gutsy races,” said Reed. “We really couldn’t be more pleased about where we are right now.”
Junior Elsa Soderburg was 28th with a time of 21:57.5. Sophomore Finan Malcolm placed 34th in 22:20.8 to round out the varsity team.
On Wednesday, the Lakers will travel to Altmar-Parish-Williamstown to open the dual meet season. Then on Saturday Skaneateles will venture to Baldwinsville for that school's 62nd annual invitational meet.