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Skutt, LP girls turn in strong performances

Harley Cohen, of Lake Placid, runs in the girls NYSPHSAA Class D race, which included 109 competitors. The eighth-grader placed 52nd. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

PLATTSBURGH — While the Saranac Lake’s boys team was enjoying glory in the spotlight for the second year in a row, other runners from the Tri-Lakes were also competing on New York’s biggest stage Saturday in the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships at SUNY Plattsburgh.

As the Section VII, Class D girls championship squad, the Lake Placid girls sent six runners to the meet. Also for the girls, Saranac Lake saw two athletes compete in the Class C race, and Tupper Lake was represented by one runner in the Class D competition.

Two Lake Placid boys also participated in the Class D race.

Running for the final time in cross country for Lake Placid, senior Mike Skutt turned in a solid performance, finishing 22nd in the boys Class D field that featured 115 competitors. Skutt crossed the line in 16 minutes, 7.9 seconds, which was 1:39.8 off the winning time of 14:28.1 turned in by Kal Lewis of Shelter Island.

“I wanted to get top 20, but it was fun out there,” Skutt said. “It was a good season, my best one yet. Today, I ran well. I ran better than I was ranked so that was nice. It’s kind of sad but also you have to move on. Overall, I’m pretty happy.”

Sandra Kwasniak nears the finish line in the girls Class D race as the lone student-athlete representing Tupper Lake in Saturday’s 2019 NYSPHSSA Cross Country Championships at SUNY Plattsburgh. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Max Flanigan, a Lake Placid sophomore, finished 53rd in 17:06.4.

Lake Placid’s girls placed eighth among the nine teams entered in the Class D race. The Blue Bombers were led by Harley Cohen, an eighth-grader who placed 52nd in 20:43.6. The next three Lake Placid girls finished in order as Alexa Harper, Anya Morgan and Kelly Le took 83rd, 84th and 85th place, with the trio crossing the line within seven seconds of each other. Freshman Anisa Schmeil finished in 101st place for the Blue Bombers and teammate Erin Roth placed 107th.

Sandra Kwasniak was the lone Tupper Lake Lumberjack competing at the state championships, and placed 70th in the girls Class D race with a finish time of 21:53.

Katie Samperi placed 85th and Gwen Mader finished in 107th place as the two girls representing Saranac Lake in the Class C competition.

Saranac Lake’s Katie Samperi crosses the finish line in the girls Class C race. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)