Both of Baldwinsville's track and field teams had impressive showings as the 2011 season began with an appearance at last Saturday's Cicero-North Syracuse Relays.
On the same Bragman Stadium facility that will host the Section III Class AA and state qualifying meets later this spring, the girls Bees tied Ithaca for third place out of 17 entries with 34 points. Rush-Henrietta (74 points) edged Liverpool (73 points) for the victory.
Many of those points came from the 1,600 sprint medley, where B'ville's quartet of Cierra Allen, Quaneisha Ivey, Gina Carnovale and Mackenzie Ross prevailed in a time of four minutes, 27.19 seconds, 3.50 seconds better than Rush-Henrietta.
Julia Johnson, Laura Farleman, Morgan Marshall and Mallory Warner rose to second place in the distance medley relay in 13:43.68, with Brockport (13:33.50) prevailing. Cassandra Cherebin was second among individuals in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:14.62 and, with Jacqueline Lalla, was third (2:37.63) overall.
Ivey, Allen and Carnovale joined Katie VanDeValk for fourth in the 4x100 relay in 52.65 seconds. Sierra Earle and Carlie McNamara were fourth in the discus with combined tosses of 164 feet 3 inches. The Bees were fifth in the mile as eighth-grader Rachael Miller was sixth (5:34.78) among individual runners.
Over on the boys side, B'ville also had a strong effort, putting together 40 points to land in fourth place, not far from Liverpool's winning total of 55.16 points.
Shaun Thompson ran the mile in 4:25.12, second among individuals behind CNS's Chris Buchanan (4:20.93), as Thompson, Alec Peinkofer, Josh Perez and Andrew Fleming got third place in the relay portion.
Even with Andrew Hoover and Jon Hingre fourth and fifth among individuals, the Bees, at 1:59.20, were second to Liverpool (1:56.22) in the 400-meter hurdles, and the pair also were fifth in the 110 high hurdles.
Another runner-up finish occurred in the 4x100, where Antonio Peck, Rudy Sapp, Parker Kiff and Nate Wicks had a time of 45.65 seconds, beating everyone except CNS (44.31 seconds) at the top. Hingre and Shawn Calnan were second in the high jump, clearing 11 feet 2 inches between them, two inches behind CNS (11 feet 4 inches).
Perez, Peinkofer, Thompson and Ethan Pacheck were third in the distance medley relay in 10:55.65. In the 4x400, Pacheck, Matt Pond, Jeff Mahar and Alex Malecki were fourth in 3:37.64.