Liverpool, CNS win at Kirschenheiter Relays

As the Section III indoor track scene shifted back to Manley Field House at the start of January, both Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse stayed in front of the growing pack.

Despite the fact that 21 different boys teams earned points at Monday's Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Relays, Liverpool picked up 53 points to finish well out in front. Tully was second (34 points), with CNS (26.33 points) falling back to fifth place.

Chris Clemons, Colin Savage, Alex Wilke and Zavon Watkins dominated the 4x800 relay, winning in a time of 8:07.96, nearly 40 seconds ahead of runner-up Jamesville-DeWitt as CNS got third place in 9:06.90.

In the 1,600 sprint medley, Watkins returned to help LaQuan Kitchen, Keewan Rondinello and Tony Shuler prevail in 3:42.77, just ahead of Tully (3:43.51). Joseph Lona and Joe Alvarado won the pole vault with total clearances of 19 feet 6 inches, with fewer misses than Marcellus. CNS (11 feet) tied for fourth.

Elsewhere for Liverpoool, Joe Spernyak won the individual 55-meter hurdles over CNS's Keenan Williams, 8.24 seconds to 8.26. Spernyak and Rondinello won the team event in 17.21 seconds as the Northstars (18.85 seconds) finished fourth. Liverpool was also fifth in the 4x200 relay (1:41.46), fifth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.

CNS did top Liverpool in the shot put, as Jared Thomson and Tawone Williams had combined tosses of 87 feet 7 1/2 inches, just ahead of the Warriors' Jason Osborne and Vince Tesoriero (87 feet 5 inches), who were second.

In a close race for the girls championship, CNS, with 47.5 points, won a close battle over J-D (45 points) as Liverpool took third, edging Fayetteville-Manlius, 42.5 points to 42.

They dueled in the shot put, the Northstars prevailing with Casey Wilmer getting the individual title (31 feet 8 inches) and combining with Mariah Thomson to throw 59 feet 1/2 inch, with the Liverpool tandem of Tatiana Gladney and Evelyn White second (57 feet 11 inches).

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