Moving to the top of the OHSL Liberty division standings, the Westhill/Bishop Ludden cross country teams each used superior depth in their respective lineups to put together 20-39 victories over neighbor and rival Marcellus Wednesday afternoon at Santaro Park.
The Mustangs’ Pat McGuane edged the Warriors’ Liam Rodgers at the finish line, though both posted times of 13 minutes, 58 seconds on the short Santoro course.
Then Westhill/Ludden claimed the next five spots. Kyle Fitch was third, in 14:15, just ahead of Josh Owens (14:20) in fourth place, while Dan DeMauro was fifth (14:25) and Garnet Remillard needed 14:33 for sixth place.
Remillard held off Marcellus teammates Alex Zamajski and Alex Stopen, who both finished in 14:34, with Alec Walsh (14:48) in ninth place. Westhill/Ludden’s Vincenzo Carr needed exactly 15 minutes to finish in the top 10.
Much the same thing happened in the girls race, where Rachel Garn gave Marcellus the victory in 16:16, but Westhill/Ludden’s pack followed, led by Genny Corcoran, who was second in 16:20.
Erin Morrell, in 16:36, took third place, with Emily Washburn fourth (16:53), Mary Washburn fifth (17:08) and Caroline Coates sixth in 17:22. Eliza Bell, who was seventh in 17:24, had the Mustangs’ second-best time, ahead of Schuyler Stuart (17:45) and Dominique Weeks (17:47). Erin Christensen gave Westhill/Ludden an eighth-place finish in 17:29.
West Genesee hosted Central Square and swept both sides of that meet, but not without some stress as the boys Wildcats fought past the Red Hawks 24-33.
In a tight race to the line, David Leff edged out Central Square’s A.J. Beers by one second, 17:16 to Beers’ 17:17, while Will Randall had to settle for fourth place in 17:20.3, one-tenth of a second behind the Red Hawks’ Sean Kuehn (17:20.2).
But with Jack Erhard finishing fifth (17:21) and Nate Conroy taking sixth place (17:24), WG moved in front for good, as Mike Lannon (17:56) and Matt Romano (18:17) also recorded top-10 finishes.