by Kurt WheelerThe Cazenovia girls cross country team capped a successful fall of competition with a seventh-place finish among 22 Class C teams at the Section III championship meet hosted by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill last Saturday afternoon.Not only did the Lakers contende with a highly competitive field of runners, but with swirling winds and temperatures in the 30s as they navigated the tough 5,000-meter VVS course. Tags: Cazenoviagirls cross country Class C has always featured fierce competition in Central New York with numerous state-ranked programs packed into the region. And the race got even tougher this year as Camden moved down from Class B and South Lewis moved up from Class D.Camden (54 points) won the 2019 competition with South Lewis (69) second and the Lakers’ traditional rivals Clinton third with 83.South Jefferson (122), Westhill (161), Skaneateles (203) and Cazenovia (211) rounded out the top seven, with the Lakers fifth among Class C-1 sides. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Molly Hart led way for Cazenovia, racing to 24th place in a time of 22 minutes, 16.4 seconds as she edged out rival runners from Marcellus (Maggie Strempel) and Skaneateles (Hope Cross-Jaya) for one of her best meets of the season.Hart, a junior, was one of the team’s captains and finished first for the team in the majority of races this season.Cazenovia’s pack, which was the key to their undefeated regular season, came through again at Sectionals as the next four runners finished in a span of just 54 seconds.Eighth-grade star Lauren McLean earned second for the team (42nd overall) in a time of 23:0. 6. Senior captain Isla Stover was just five seconds back to capture 47th in 23:06.4 to cap her stellar career for Cazenovia.Freshman Finlay Stover finished right on her heals at 48th place in 23:08 flat. Sophomore Claire Braaten rounded out the Lakers’ scoring effort, crossing the line 65th overall in a time of 23:53.2.Fellow Sophomore Melanie Michael ran her best race of the season to earn sixth place for the team and 67th overall in a time of 23:55.6 to displace scorers from multiple opposing teams.Junior Mia Chesbrough was seventh for the team (86th overall, 24:46.4) with fellow Junior Laura Fitzgerald just one second back, earning 87th place in 24:47.9. Freshman Grace Dolan (91st, 25:20.0) and Sophomore Emma Steinberg (113th, 27:14.1), who both earned spots in the Lakers’ top 10 to race in the meet, also ran well for Cazenovia.While not as high a sectional finish as the Lakers often post, having finished in the top four for 10 consecutive years, including three sectional titles and two runner-up efforts, it still capped a strong fall campaign for the girls.The squad was unbeaten during the regular season, earning their fourth league title since 2010. With only one senior among the 10 sectional competitors and a strong contingent of runners moving up from the unbeaten modified team, the future looks bright for the Lakers.