Continued improvement led to another strong performance Saturday, for the Oswego girl’s cross country team, with the Lady Bucs finishing 5th at the 27th Annual Auburn Kiwanis Cross Country Invitational.
“The girls are really starting to push each other in practice, which is showing in the races,” said Coach Jim McCaul. “We had many personal and season bests turned in at the invitational. Our team is really coming together nicely and becoming more competitive each week.”
Freshman standout Mackenzie Robinson finished first for Oswego and 12th overall in an outstanding time of 21:50, over the rolling five kilometer course that circles the athletic complex at Holland Stadium and goes into the woods behind Cayuga Community College. “Mackenzie is doing a terrific job,” said McCaul. “She is a very tough little competitor who has really adjusted well to the longer varsity races and competition.”
Much-improved Lexi Gillard, a sophomore, placed 23rd overall for the Lady Bucs, with a personal best time of 22:48, followed by Bridgette Auyer (23:18), who is getting much stronger every race, and Michelle Champagne (23:19), who earned another personal best. Katie Abramski finished 4th for Oswego, with a very strong finishing kick at the end of her race, followed by Kaitlyn Holloway and Amy Wilcox, who both turned in strong personal best efforts.
Led by the outstanding personal best performance of senior Jenna Delaney, Oswego finished third as a team in the Varsity 2 race, with a low of 81 points. Delaney’s fast time of 23:24 earned her 8th place overall in the race. “Jenna ran with a lot of confidence, looking very strong from start to finish,” said McCaul. “If she can remain focused and maintain a positive work ethic, she will play a big role in our success as we approach our championship season.”
Brittany Ross ran a fine race to finish second for Oswego, followed by first year runner Brandy Earl, who shattered her previous best by close to three minutes. Other strong efforts for Oswego were turned in by junior Annie Taverni with a best, Danielle Posillipo, Candace Supernavage, and Shandelle Tetro, each earning season bests, and Marycate Rice and Samantha Holloway, with each lowering their previous bests.
Wednesday, the rapidly improving Lady Bucs will host the visiting Lady Maroon of Auburn in Oswego’s first home meet of the season. The meet, scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., will be held at the Oswego Middle School. Other home meets will be heldÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â on Wednesday October 8th against Corcoran and Rome Free Academy, and on Wednesday October 15th against the Redhawks of Central Square.