With much bigger goals in mind, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams both earned wins during last Thursday's Section III state qualifying meet at Bragman Stadium.
In particular, the boys Warriors' 4x800 relay team geared up for a shot at state honors this weekend at Vestal High School by breaking its own sectional mark.
Alex Wilke, Chris Clemons, Colin Savage and Zavon Watkins posted a time of 7:43.62, just better than the old mark of 7:44.46 as Savage (1:52.3) and Watkins (1:51.1) blazed through the last two legs. In the 800-meter run, Savage won again, edging Watkins, 1:56.45 to 1:56.67, as both advanced to the state meet.
Joe Spernyak emerged to take the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.05 seconds, just ahead of Andrew Hoover (Baldwinsville), who was second in 15.15. In the shot put, Jason Osborne won with a toss of 50 feet 8 1/2 inches as CNS's Jared Thomson took fifth place.
The Northstars had better luck in the girls discus, where Valerie Langevin's heave of 111 feet 9 inches led to an easy victory. Also, Cameron Shaughnessy won the boys pole vault, clearing 12 feet 6 inches to top teammates Mike Hyde and Brendan Ryan (12 feet each).
Also, in the pentathlon, Jasmine Thompson won the Division I title with the top overall efforts in the 100-meter high hurdles (15.27 seconds), high jump (5 feet 3 3/4 inches) and long jump (16 feet 10 1/2 inches) on her way to 3,025 points. Just behind her, teammate Katie Osborne, in third place with 2,881 points, also qualified for the state meet.
Chris Buchanan, with a time of 9:18.61, held off Fayetteville-Manilus' Andrew Roache (9:20.64) for the Division I title in the 3,200-meter run. In a dramatic girls 1,500-meter run, eighth-grader Maria Lamontagne led until the last 100 meters, when F-M's Courtney Chapman passed her.