Warriors win 4x800 at state meet

Young and quick, the Liverpool boys track and field 4x800 relay team wanted nothing less than victory when it lined up last Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium during the state championship meet.

And that's exactly what the Warriors would do, setting a new Section III record in the process as part of a large contingent of local athletes that would vie for honors.

Freshman Zavon Watkins started out in the 4x800, posting a split of 1:57.25. In the second leg, junior Chris Clemons passed Pine Bush's Zavior Brown with his 1:57.50 split.

Another junior, Alex Wilke, ran the third leg in 1:56.45 and, taking the anchor leg, junior Colin Savage tore through his 800 in 1:52.98.

It added up to a time of 7:44.46 that shattered, by 1.41 seconds, the sectional mark Fayetteville-Manlius set three years ago. Liverpool beat runner-up Half Hollow Hills West by nearly four seconds.

On his own, Savage was sixth in the Division I (large school) 800-meter run in 1:55.52, while Corey Bundrage took 13th in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.18 seconds.

In girls action, Trina Bills gave Liverpool a fifth-place finish in the Division I 800 with a time of 2:13.77, improving to 2:13.42 for eighth in the Federation race a day later. Brigid Heenan was 12th in the 2,000-meter steeplechase (25th overall) in 7:29.07.

As for the host team from CNS, Jasmine Thompson earned seventh place in the Division I pentathlon with 2,897 points as Amber Passalaqua (Pine Bush) won with 3,319 points.

Chris Buchanan ran to 11th in Division I (15th overall) in the 3,200-meter event in 9:34.58, while Andy Neumeister took 15th in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.73 seconds. Dillon McKee cleared 12 feet in the pole vault.

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