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CNS sweeps to historic titles at Morse relays

Northstars prevail as Liverpool girls take third place

— Just by itself, the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field team’s sweep of the top spots in Wednesday’s season-opening Jack Morse Relays was not a headline maker.

What did make it special was the fact that the Northstars prevailed in the first high school events ever contested at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, which opened earlier this month.

All the CNY Counties League indoor track meets will take place here, as will league, Section III and state qualifying meets, so CNS and Liverpool, and all the other local sides, will get quite familiar with the new facility.

CNS would produce 76 points in the girls meet, beating Jamesville-DeWitt (48 points) and Liverpool, who was third with 44.33 points.

Maria LaMontagne, Taylor Parry, Justine Seliger and Nicole Watterud won the distance medley relay in a time of 13:23.86 as Abby McNamara, Emily Butler, Alex Whiting and Juliana Basla gave Liverpool a third-place finish in 13:46.30. Also for CNS, Shannon Bausinger, Marissa Colburn, Katie Laris and Emily Dolan were second in the 4x800 relay in 10:42.96.

Katharine Osborne won the 55-meter hurdles in 9.03 seconds and took team honors with Jessica Wheeler, who was third (9.66 seconds) as they combined for 18.69 seconds. Liverpool’s Tammy Brodie and Leah Dixon were second in 21.38 seconds.

Osborne and Shannon McCarthy teamed to win the high jump with combined clearances of 9 feet 9 inches, while Jade Jenkins and Hannah Szumioz won the long jump, going 29 feet 9 ¾ inches between them.

Mariah Thomson claimed victory in the shot put, tossing it 35 feet 3 ¾ inches as she and Anna Doren won with 59 feet 6 ¼ inches and Liverpool took fifth place. Wheeler and McCarthy were second in the pole vault (14 feet 6 inches), with the Warriors fourth.

In the 4x200 relay, the Warriors were second as Yasmeen Griffin, Danelle Sims, Jazmine Herbert and Connie Torres got a time of 1:56.13. Catharine Rowell was second in the triple jump (31 feet 9 inches) and, with Laura Leung, were second overall with 58 feet 2 ½ inches, just a quarter of an inch behind West Genesee.

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