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Skaneateles runners win again at B'ville Invitational

Neal claims victory for second time in as many weeks

Skaneateles girls cross country junior Liz Dwyer had the best race of her cross country career last week while placing 10th in the Baldwinsville Invitational. Her time of 19 minutes, 10.6 seconds helped the Lakers win the Small School division, beating 24 other teams.

Skaneateles girls cross country junior Liz Dwyer had the best race of her cross country career last week while placing 10th in the Baldwinsville Invitational. Her time of 19 minutes, 10.6 seconds helped the Lakers win the Small School division, beating 24 other teams.

— “Elsa’s never looked better,” said Coach Rob Tuttle of the junior who is in her second year of competition. “Jack and I have seen this coming but it was still an incredible sight to watch her rock and roll like never before. She’s the difference-maker on the team this year. With Elsa, we’re a contender for every title.”

Closing fast and finishing half a step in front of Soderberg, Julia Willcox was 16th in 19:51.3. “Julia’s tank was absolutely empty," said Reed. I’m not sure how she pulled off that race.

"As she gets faster and stronger, her metabolism is churning up the calories faster than she realizes. I can’t wait to see how successful she’ll be with a full tank of fuel in her next week at (the McQuaid Invitational) in Rocherster.”

Taking the fifth spot on the team, Madeline Adams ran a gutsy race to place 22nd in 20:04.1 while the veteran senior continues to recover from a summer setback.

“She’s been to just about every track and cross country state championship since she joined us in eighth grade,” said Tuttle. “It’s unfortunate that this happened to someone who’s dedicated herself to excellence in running, but she’s strong and she’s heading in the right direction. We just need a little more time before she’s 100 percent again.

In the merged results, Skaneateles fell two points short of large-school Buffalo-powerhouse Clarence, while easily handling state powers Cazenovia, South Jefferson, Ithaca and host Baldwinsville.

On Saturday, Skaneateles will travel to Rochester for the 49th McQuaid Invitational which is the second-largest meet in the country. The Lakers will compete against the top teams from several states and Canada.

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