In a rousing start to the spring track and field season, Liverpool nearly pulled off a sweep at last Saturday's Cicero-North Syracuse Relays at Bragman Stadium.
Finally able to practice on its own track after a couple of seasons entirely spent on the road, the boys Warriors held off the host Northstars, 55.17 points to 53.5 points, for first place in a 20-team field. Not only that, but the Liverpool girls got 73 points to finish a close second to Rush-Henrietta (74 points) in that portion of the meet.
Zavon Watkins teamed with Kam Arnold, Ryan Ronk and Steve Fiorello to win the 1,600 sprint medley relay in 3:30.62, with Chris Buchanan, Ryan Connor, Frank Volino Jr. and Mark Broughton putting CNS in second place in 3:39.03.
Moving to the 4x400 relay, Watkins and Arnold joined Keewan Rondinello and Julian Anjorin for a winning time of 3:25.89, nearly three seconds better than runner-up Indian River.
Liverpool dominated the 400-meter hurdles as Rondinello took the individual title in 57.36 seconds and Joe Spernyak (58.86 seconds) was third, leading to a team victory. In the 110 high hurdles, Spernyak beat CNS's Kareem Lee, 15.32 seconds to 15.92, for first place and combined with Justin McGriff to win the team event in 32.60 seconds. The Northstars were fourth.
McGriff won the individual triple jump with 42 feet 9 1/2 inches and combined with Ryan Ronk for third place (79 feet 7 1/2 inches). Geoff Bell and Nick Leedham were fifth in the shot put, with Chris Grannell and Kyle Dalton sixth in the discus.
Not getting shut out, the Northstars went to the front in the 4x100 relay as Volino, Broughton, Avery Yarn and Ryan Connor sped to victory in 44.31 seconds, more than a second ahead of runner-up Baldwinsville. The Northstars also were fourth (11:18.62) in the distance medley relay.