Zooming through the familiar trails at Longbranch Park, the Liverpool cross country teams both earned key CNY Counties League victories last Tuesday over Baldwinsville.
The girls Warriors prevailed by a slightly larger 22-39 margin over the Bees, and Rachel Putman led the way as the senior finished in 20 minutes, 15 seconds to take individual honors.
Ashley Letteney got third place in 20:36, just behind B'ville's Rachael Miller (20:35), but it was Kaitlyn McNamara, in fifth place (21:37), leading a charge of six straight Liverpool runners.
Caroline Dieffendefer, in 21:56, edged Morgan Mahoney (21:57) for sixth place. Jessica Turner was eighth in 22:29, with Rebecca Murray ninth (22:40) and Hannah Anthes finishing 10th in 22:44.
Though B'ville had a better showing in the boys meet and featured the individual winner as Alec Peinkofer prevailed in 17:20, Liverpool still emerged with a 22-36 win over the Bees.
A trio of Warriors closely followed Peinkofer to the line, as Drew Henry took second place in a time of 17:26, while Zach Crosby was third in 17:28 and Brandon Rudd claimed fourth in 17:30. Anthony Ostuni was sixth in 17:43, one second ahead of Anthony Romano (17:44), with Kevin Abel ninth in 18:07.
Four days later, Liverpool found itself competing at the large McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, and put together another strong effort.
The Warriors finished fourth in the girls AAA race, with 129 points, as Fairport (89 points) came out on top. Putman worked her way to 10th place in 18:33, while Letteney finished 25th in 19:03 and McNamara (19:08) earned 29th place. Mahoney was 31st in 19:15 as Dieffendefer (19:59) rounded out the scoring.
In the boys AAA race, Liverpool was seventh, with 226 points, as Rudd led the individuals by finishing 39th in a time of 16:24. Ostuni earned 44th place (16:32), just ahead of Henry in 46th (16:35), as Crosby landed in 50th place in 16:39. Abel was 52nd in 16:42.