With its 22-meet league win streak broken by Baldwinsville on April 14, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team had no intention of starting a different kind of streak.
Thus, it was important that the Northstars survive last Tuesday's meet with Rome Free Academy - which it did, holding on to beat the Black Knights 72-69 at RFA Stadium.
With every point precious, CNS grabbed all the top spots in distance races, with Chris Buchanan at the helm. Buchanan was first in the mile in 4:38.7 and also claimed the 3,2000-meter title in 10:33 flat.
Jared Walther earned the victory in the 800-meter run (2:11.4) as Dan Fritz anchored a 4x800 relay quartet that took first place in 8:58.7. Eric Munoz joined in, too, winning the 400-meter dash in 52.5 seconds.
Needing to pick off points in field events, the Northstars did so as Jared Thomson swept the throwing events. Thomson heaved the discus 136 feet 5 inches and tossed the shot put 46 feet 4 inches, while Carl Patzer cleared 5 feet 8 inches to take the high jump.
RFA's Anthony DeJean stood out, as usual, as he ran the 100-meter dash in a blazing 10.6 seconds and uncorked a top long jump of 23 feet 6 1/4 inches. DeJean also won the 200-meter dash and helped the Black Knights' 4x100 relay team prevail in 44.7 seconds.
The girls meet between CNS and RFA at Bragman Stadium proved a bit more lopsided, as Jasmine Thompson led the Northstars to flatten the Black Knights 105-36.
Thompson won four times as she went 16 feet 8 1/2 inches in the long jump, flew 37 feet 1 inch in the triple jump, cleared 5 feet 4 inches in the high jump and won the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.4 seconds.
Valerie Langevin and Jessica Wheeler tacked on their own double titles. Langevin rolled to wins in the shot put (34 feet 3 inches) and discus (103 feet 10 inches), while Wheeler cleared 9 feet in the pole vault in addition to taking the 400-meter hurdles in 1:13.3.