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Liverpool track teams win big at weekend meets

Topping an elite field with some of the best athletes in Central New York, the Liverpool boys track and field team emerged with the championship at last Friday's New Hartford Invitational.

In all, 23 teams competed at New Hartford -- and the Warriors fared best, earning 91 points to beat archrival Cicero-North Syracuse, who finished second with 82.5 points.

T.J. Davis brought home a lot of those points. He posted a time of 50.14 seconds and beat Solvay's Greg Manning (50.81 seconds) to win the 400-meter dash, then needed 22.99 seconds to get third in the 400-meter dash.

To top it off, Davis pulled off the best Section III long jump of the season of 22 feet 6 inches to edge Oneida's Pat McLaughlin (22 feet 4 1/4 inches) for that title.

Ethan Hickey, Bryan Picciotto, Kevin Harper and Colin Savage teamed up to win the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:10.54, nearly 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Baldwinsville (8:20.44). On their own, Picciotto and Hickey would go 1-2 in the 3,200-meter run, as Piccotto won in 9:42.30 and Hickey got second place in 9:43.19.

Fred Shattell added a third in the mile (4:40.72) and Savage finished third in the 800 in 2:04 flat. Shattell, Mychal Ostuni, Alex Wilke and Andrew O'Leary earned second place in the distance medley relay in 11:17.77, with Harper helping the Warriors' 4x400 team get fifth, in 3:42.24.

Corey Bundrage joined in the fun, finishing second in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.71 seconds behind McLaughlin, who won in 15.24 seconds. Eric Osborne cleared 11 feet and tied for second in the pole vault behind CNS's Craig Barber (13 feet).

Before this, the boys Warriors found success last Wednesday at Utica Proctor, sweeping past theRaiders, 94-47, as Davis and Picciotto led the way.

Davis needed just 22.5 seconds to win the 200-meter dash, following that up with a top long jump of 21 feet 3 inches and a winning high jump clearance of 5 feet 8 inches. Davis, Corey Bundrage, Pedro Torres and Justin Albro needed 46.1 seconds to prevail in the 4x100 relay.

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