All was in place for the Baldwinsville boys track and field team to put a halt to Cicero-North Syracuse's 20-meet win streak and seize control in the CNY Counties League National division.
Despite a series of individual wins, though, the Bees could not get the overall crown, taking a 77-64 loss to the Northstars at Bragman Stadium, also the site of this year's Section III and state championship meets.
If anything made the difference, it was the Northstars' depth in some events, plus the fact that it won the last two relays after Tim Chambers, Chris Wicks, Nate McCabe and Sam Kurey held off CNS to win the 4x800 in a time of 8:14.4.
Sean Bernstein still swept through the sprints, taking the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 22.8 seconds. In the high jump, Bernstein tied Brian Kane and CNS's Kevin McCarthy as they each cleared 6 feet.
Kyle McCaleb also prevailed, in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.1 seconds), while Matt Getman took the discus (135 feet 5 inches) as Raeshaun Jones (127 feet) finished second.
In many events, B'ville finished second or third, including Shaun Thompson in the 3,200-meter run (9:55.9), Andres Roman in the mile (4:36.5) and Tim Chambers in the 800-meter run (2:03.7). Chris Buchanan led CNS, winning the 3,200 (9:49.2) over Thompson and running the mile in 4:27.9 to beat out Roman.
In the simultaneous girls meet at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, the Bees had some good moments, but still lost to CNS 85-56 as the Northstars won its 44th straight league meet.
Bri Pollard won both sprints, claiming the 100 in 12.9 seconds and the 200 in 27.6 seconds. She also helped Allison Vroman, Gina Carnovale and Paige Corso claim first place in the 4x100 relay in 52.4 seconds.
Nicole Fecco took first in the 400-meter dash (1:02.2), with Cathleen Green winning the triple jump (33 feet 7 inches) and Miranda Nicoletti tossing the shot put 34 feet 1 inch. Kylie Mosher, Jaime Balloni, Abby Nelson and Emily Cunningham ran the 4x400 relay in 4:23.5. CNS featured Jasmine Thompson taking the 100 high hurdles, long jump and triple jump.