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Caz girls cross country opens at VVS Invitational

first_imgThe Lakers finished sixth overall in the Varsity 4 race and second among Class C teams. The race was dominated by Class A powers Liverpool and Rome Free Academy along with defending Class D state champion Tully. Cazenovia outran all of its Class C competitors except South Jefferson, who finished fourth overall.Junior captain Molly Hart led the team with a 16th place individual finish in a time of 22:14.4 on the challenging VVS course.  Sophomore Claire Braaten was second for the team, finishing in 23:23.4 to capture 37th overall. The duo’s hard work over the summer paid off as both exceeded their best “Speed Rating” from last year in the first race of the 2019 season.Senior captain Isla Stover was third for the team, finishing 39th in 23:39 .1, while eighth-grader Lauren McLean earned fourth place among the Lakers in her first 5K and first varsity race. McLean’s time of 24:10.2 was good for 47th overall. by Kurt WheelerThe Cazenovia girls cross country team kicked off their 2019 campaign with a strong showing at last Saturday’s Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational.Once again the site of this year’s Section III Championship race, VVS hosted nearly 70 schools divided among multiple races in the first major meet of the year. Finlay Stover passed multiple runners in the final 800 meters to move up to 60th overall in 24:49.9 to nab the fifth scoring position for Cazenovia. Juniors Mia Chesbrough (66th, 25:08.2) and Madeline McGreevy (67th, 28:08.8) finished sixth and seventh for the Lakers, displacing numerous other runners to boost the Lakers’ position in the overall Varsity scoring.Sophomore Mary Williams (25:08.9) led the Lakers’ junior varsity team to a second place finish behind Liverpool. Laura Fitzgerald (26:00), Melanie Michael (26:07), Grace Dolan (26:14), Emma Steinberg (26:58) and Jenna Steinberg (27:09) rounded out the Laker scorers in the JV race with Maggie Rowles, Alyson Woolbert and Sedona Millard also running well.The VVS meet featured a merged competition with all runners racing together, but finishers one to seven from each team scoring in the Varsity standings and runners eight and up counting toward the team’s JV race score. Cazenovia’s outstanding finish in the JV race is a great early-season indicator of the team’s depth.The meet was strong start to the Lakers’ 2019 campaign as they will try to follow up on their success from last fall when they finished undefeated in the regular season and earned the OHSL Liberty-National title. Cazenovia will try to replicate their success in the league while also striving to get back into the winner’s circle in sectional competition, which they last captured in 2015.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Cazenoviagirls cross countrylast_img


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