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City athletes find gold at Empire State Games

By the time the 31st edition of the Empire State Games had wrapped up in Binghamton and other parts of the Southern Tier, many of Syracuse's best athletes had some golden hardware to bring home.

In venues ranging from the track to the soccer field, from the wrestling mat to the rowing course, the Salt City's finest came up with wins. Here is a recap of how they fared.

Soccer

On the field at SUNY-Binghamton, no one could touch the Central region open men's team as it blazed its way to the gold medal -- and two Nottingham graduates, Shaman Mason and Brandon Jackson, led the way.

To start with, Jackson had two goals and Mason scored once as Central beat Western 4-1, and both of them scored again in a second-half rally to beat Hudson Valley 3-1. Mason would strike once more in Sunday's championship game, his first-half goal the game-winner as Central blanked New York City 2-0 for the championship.

Emmanuel Chanelo (Corcoran) played on Central's scholastic men's team, which finished fourth as it lost the bronze-medal game to Western 2-1. Brooke Barbuto (Corcoran), Melanie Cathcart (Faith Heritage) and Nikki Dudley played with the Central open women, who could not win a game in three tries.

Track and Field

Fresh off a great track career at Henninger, Andre Britton earned a gold in the open men's 200-meter dash at SUNY-Binghamton.

Overtaking New York City's Adrian Crichlow down the stretch, Britton won with a time of 21.80 seconds to Crichlow's 21.89. A day later, Britton just missed a medal in the 100-meter final, finishing fourth in 10.90 seconds, just 0.04 seconds from reaching the podium.

Collise Ray finished sixth in the open men's 110-meter high hurdles in 15.54 seconds. Britton's one-time teammate, Greg Spears, reached the 200-meter scholastic men's final but was forced to scratch. Dwight Hicks (Nottingham) took eighth in the shot put and Krystal Boyd helped the Central open women's 4x100 relay team finish in fourth place.

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