As they had done all spring, the Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams made sure that no one in the CNY Counties League National division caught up to them.
Both the boys Northstars at home, and the girls Northstars at Rome Free Academy Stadium, claimed their respective league championship meets last Thursday in some of the season's most raw conditions.
Ignoring all the rain and cold wind, the CNS boys defended its home track by accumulating 190.33 points, well clear of Liverpool (121 points) and Rome Free Academy (103.33 points) at day's end.
Nathan MacNabb had a key role in the point total. He broke Liverpool's usual domination of the distance races when, in the mile, he posted a time of 4:35.77 to edged past the Warriors' Bryan Picciotto (4:36.51), with Ethan Hickey (4:40.40) in third.
Not only that, but MacNabb finished second in the 800-meter run (2:03.78) as Jake Whritenour (2:04.10) took third place. And in the 4x400 relay, MacNabb and Whritenour, along with Shaun Hyde and Mike Flume, combined to win in 3:39.55, nearly four seconds clear of RFA (3:43.31) in second place.
Andy Kahl also piled up points. He cleared 6 feet in the high jump to beat Liverpool's T.J. Davis (5 feet 10 inches), then finished second to Davis in the 400-meter dash (52.79 seconds) as Tony Rogers (52.79 seconds) was third. Kahl also finished second in the triple jump, going 40 feet 9 inches, just ahead of teammate Eric Munoz (40 feet 9 inches) in third place.
Richie Lickfield won the discus, even though he and RFA's Josiah Claypool both tossed it 135 feet 1 inch. Lickfield added a fourth (47 feet 10 1/4 inches) in the shot put, with Peter Foti (50 feet 1 inch) in third place.
Craig Barber needed to clear 11 feet 9 inches in the pole vault to hold off teammate Eric Sykora (11 feet 6 inches) and Liverpool's Eric Osborne, with Dillon McKee (11 feet) taking fourth place.