The Oswego girls varsity cross country team lost a tough one point league meet contest Wednesday, 28-29, to the visiting Lady Maroon of Auburn.
“The girls did a fine job and challenged Auburn throughout the race,” said Oswego Coach Jim McCaul. “Based on our performance Saturday against Auburn at their invitational, I thought Auburn was about 8 points stronger than us but the girls closed the gap to within one point, which is a credit to their consistent training and fine efforts during the race.”
Freshman Mackenzie Robinson was the top finisher for the Lady Bucs, placing third in a fine time of 16:21, over the challenging 2.5 mile Oswego Middle School course. Sophomore Lexi Gillard continued her outstanding season improvement by finishing fifth for Oswego, in a fast time of 16:31, improving her previous course best by over 30 seconds. She was followed by junior standout Bridgette Auyer, who turned in a time of 17:13. Rapidly improving Jenna Delaney, a senior, placed 7th overall for Oswego, with an outstanding time of 17:18, shattering her previous course best by over 30 seconds. Katie Abramski, Michelle Champagne, and Shandelle Tetro followed, to complete the scoring for the Lady Bucs.
Other strong efforts for Oswego were turned in by Emily Lloyd, Kaitlyn Holloway, Amy Wilcox, Brandy Earl, Annie Taverni, Candace Supernavage, Danielle Posillipo, Rachael Demling, Marycate Rice, and Samantha Holloway.
“A beautiful day, good competition, great efforts, outstanding sportsmanship and fan support on the part of both teams. This is what cross country is all about,”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â said McCaul. “I have to give a lot of credit to our Grounds Superintendent David Crisafulli and his crew of Steve Flack, Andy Krul, Robin Emond, and Bob Lowery, who did an outstanding job preparing our course for competition, which had been made unrunnable, due to our recent storm.”
Saturday, the much improved Lady Bucs will return to action, traveling to Genesee Valley Park in Rochester for the 44th Annual McQuaid Invitational, one of the largest scholastic meets in the country. Last year’s meet drew more than 4,500 runners from over 230 schools, representing six states and Canada.