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xc1 120The Lansing Varsity Boys/Girls Cross Country teams had a very successful start to the season last week. It will be an interesting year this year as we have a young team that is hard working and has already posted some good times for the year. The year started out with the team traveling to Thomas Edison for an IAC divisional meet against SVE, Newark Valley, Groton, Thomas Edison, and Moravia. It was a balmy day for a cross country meet but the teams were up to the challenge on a tough 2.9 mile course.

The girl’s team started things out on the course and were led by seniors Shanna Swanson and Blair Wigsten who finished 5th and 6th overall. Then they were followed by a close group of runners, Lauren Phlegar, Anna Kirkwood, Rachel Brock, and Olivia Longhouse who finished (16, 17, 19, 22nd) overall.

Then the boys took to the course with senior Cameron Bruce leading not only them, but the entire race and finishing in 1st overall. Cameron was then followed by Michael Cree (15th), Max Stammer (18th), Dyland Bland (21st), Brad Lapar (27th), John Schafer (40th), and Patrick Alexander (42nd). Overall it was a great day of running by all the teams at the meet.

Next the Lansing team went to the V.V.S. Invitational held in Verona, New York. The meet would feature some of the best teams in the state, as it is the site of the 2011 NYS Championship race November 12th. The Lansing boys and girls were put into the 5th pool of teams featuring over 150 runners from around the state. The girls were led by Blair Wigsten who finished 45th, then a close competitive finish by the rest of the team in 105th, 107th, 108th, and 110th.

The girl’s team improved on their previous race times by 30 seconds or more in the race. The boys were next to run, and were in one of the fastest races of the day. The boys were led by Cameron Bruce who finished in 3rd (9th overall on the day) followed by Michael Cree who broke 20 minutes for the first time in his career with a time of 19:52 (70th). Then the rest of the boys finished nicely in 82nd, 106th, 122nd, 186th, and 187th overall.

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Tuesday, September 20th Lansing hosted Groton, Waverly and Candor at a home meet that was highlighted by beautiful sunshine the whole time. It was senior night for the Lansing teams, which this year included top runner for the boys Cameron Bruce and the two top girl runners Shanna Swanson and Blair Wigsten.

The modified teams were first out on the course and both Groton and Waverly were quite impressive posting some fast times for the mile and a half race. The top female runner was Kelsey Frank from Waverly with a time of 11:55. The top male runner was Garrett Sutryk also from Waverly with a time of 10:14.

The varsity teams were the next to head out onto the course. Over 50 runners took to the course around the Lansing School District campus. The top male runner was Lansing’s own Cameron Bruce with a time of 17:05. The top female runner was Aubrie Russell from Candor with a time of 21:00. For team scoring the Lansing Varsity Girls won the girls race, and the Groton Boys won the Varsity Boys race.

Lansing’s next meet with be away at Watkins Glen next Tuesday at 5:00pm. Then they will be headed to the largest invitational of the year at McQuaid, in Rochester, which is expected to include over 5000 runners. .

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