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City athletes qualify for Empire Games

A whole host of Syracuse's top athletes will find themselves headed for Binghamton and the Southern Tier next week for the 31st edition of the Empire State Games.

From July 24 to 27, thousands of competitors from six geographic regions (Central, Western, Adirondack, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island) will vie for medals in more than two dozen sports.

Here is who, and where, the city's best will be found next week.

Track and Field

In the open men's ESG meet at SUNY-Binghamton, Henninger graduate Andre Britton is a medal favorite at both 100 and 200 meters, with Colisse Ray entered in the 110-meter high hurdles. Krystal Boyd runs in the open women's 100-meter dash, with Christina Acquaviva entered in the 100-meter high hurdles.

Meanwhile, current Black Knights star Greg Spears is running in the scholastic men's 100 and 200 sprints as Dwight Hicks goes in the shot put. Renee Koch, a Syracuse native who competes at Onondaga High School, is the scholastic women's 200.

Basketball

On a Central open women's team coached by OCC's Mike Wheeler, Fantasia Goodwin (Syracuse University) and Corcoran graduate Katie Kelley are on hand at Binghamton High School.

Over at SUNY-Binghamton's Events Center, Faith Heritage graduate Aaron Hall, Bishop Ludden graduate Terry Smith, and LeMoyne teammates Dan Cromwell and Laurence Ekperigin are on hand. OCC coach Dave Pasiak is on the bench. Jermaine Taylor plays with Central's scholastic men.

Soccer

Many Syracuse-area players are going to SUNY-Binghamton, especially in the open division. Brandon Jackson, Mawuena Agbossoumonde, Shaman Mason, Dan McGowan and Glen Mihal are all with Central's men, while Brooke Barbuto, Mell Cathcart and Nikki Dudley are on the women's side. Emmanuel Chanelo joins the Central scholastic men's squad.

Diving

At SUNY-Binghamton's West Gym Pool, Justine Miller-Khanzadian dives in the open women's three-meter event, with Zach Hisert doing both one-meter and synchronized events on the men's side. Westhill/Corcoran star Imani Williams is in the scholastic women's three-meter contest.

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