Though it's only mid-April, both of Cicero-North Syracuse's track and field teams have earned important wins in the quest to get to the top of the CNY Counties League National division.
At home Wednesday afternoon, the girls Northstars had a big effort against West Genesee, prevailing 102-39 as, at the same time, the CNS boys were earning a 80-61 victory over the Wildcats in Camillus.
Katie Osborne took over in the girls meet, first by winning the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.4 seconds, then by going 14 feet 6 inches in the long jump and 31 feet 1 inches in the triple jump.
Meanwhile, Mariah Thomson swept to wins in the discus (87 feet 10 inches) and shot put (31 feet 9 inches), with Shannon McCarthy clearing 4 feet 10 inches in the high jump. Jessica Wheeler cleared 7 feet in the pole vault.
Elsewhere, Nicole Watterud earned a victory in the 3,000-meter run in 11:10.1, while Marissa Puma took the 100-meter dash in 14 seconds flat. Puma also helped CNS win the 4x100 relay (54.1 seconds) as Shannon Bausinger, Sarah Shannon, Katie Laris and Nicole Campagna tore through the 4x800 relay in 11:02.5.
Going to the boys meet, the Northstars earned many decisive points in field events. Cameron Doray tossed the shot put 39 feet 5 inches and also prevailed in the discus (85 feet 5 inches), while Mike Hyde cleared 10 feet in the pole vault and Kareem Lee went 14 feet 11 inches in the long jump. Joel Brousseau had a top high jump of 6 feet.
In a highly-anticipated mile duel, Chris Buchanan beat WG's Billy Gabriel, 4:23.7 to Gabriel's 4:26.9, which made up for the Wildcats winning two of the three relays.
CNS saw Ryan Connor cover the 100 in 11 seconds flat and finish second to Andrew Johnson in the 200, 23.2 seconds to Johnson's 22.8. In the 4x100, Connor, Johnson, Mark Broughton and Matt Ryle took first place in 44.8 seconds.