Skaneateles girls cross country senior Madeline Adams played a critical role for her team in Saturday’s McQuaid Invitational. The Lakers placed third in the Varsity A race behind East Aurora and Tully, as Adams placed 42nd in 19:39.1 in a field of nearly 300 runners from 28 teams.
Freshman Julia Willcox continued to improve. Like Dwyer, Willcox closed in on the front pack with a powerful 35th place finish in 19:32.8.
“She’s still a bit weathered from a bout of the cold that’s going around the school, but she’s a fighter, and we like that,” said Reed. “Julia was better this week at attending to the small things that add up to big gains.”
Making the biggest progress was Madeline Adams who continues to regain her form. The senior,who has been valiant in her fight with a summer setback, passed the eye-ball test according to her coaches as she got recorded a time of 19:39.1 for 42nd place.
“Madeline’s final mile was great,” said Tuttle. “Power has always been her strength and we saw it today as she stayed strong over the final third of the course when the race is on the line. Every week she moves closer to being the front runner she’s always been.
After running with the duo of Willcox and Adams for most of the race, junior Elsa Soderberg caught a cramp while fading from the mid-40s and finishing in 65th with a time of 20:12.4. According to Tuttle, Soderberg, the team’s fifth and final scorer, had been ill for the week leading into the big race.
“We cut back on Elsa’s training this week to help her gather some strength for the race,” said Tuttle. “If she hadn’t cramped up, we’d be sitting happily ever after, enjoying a runner-up finish to East Aurora, the best small school cross country team in the United States last year. She’s a good one and there’s no worry.”
Skaneateles will host OHSL Liberty division foe Hannibal at the Polo Grounds Wednesday. The following Tuesday, it will travel to Cazenovia for what is expected to be a first-place showdown as, later that week (Oct. 12), the Lakers will travel to the Burnt Hills Invitational at Saratoga Park.