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CNS, Liverpool runners advance to state cross country meet

Girls Northstasr, boys Warriors finish second in Class A sectionals

— Both on a team and individual basis, cross country runners from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool had a reason to feel proud at the end of Saturday's Section III Class A championship meet at Jamesville Beach Park.

In all, the Northstars and Warriors will send five individuals to this Saturday's state championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, three of them from the CNS girls squad.

On a team basis, those girls Northstars, with 69 points, held off West Genesee (81 points) for the runner-up spot behind five-time defending national champion Fayetteville-Manlius, who prevailed with 19 points.

After F-M claimed nine of the top 10 positions, CNS sophomore Jackie Halstead crossed the line in 11th place, covering the 3.1-mile Jamesville Beach course in 20 minutes flat.

Junior Nicole Watterud was 12th, in 20:17.4, while freshman Taylor Parry was 13th in 20:22.4. Halstead, Watterud and Parry all secured spots on the Section III All-Star squad for the state meet with West Genesee's Laura Leff and Baldwinsville's Rachael Miller.

Elsewhere for the Northstars, Marissa Colburn finished 20th, in 21:05 flat, while Madison Kolakowski claimed 23rd place in 21:29.3 and Katie Laris was 25th in 21:37.5. Emily Dolan was 36th in 22:08.8 and Savannah Stevens was 46th.

Liverpool's girls had a solid effort, too, claiming fourth place with 103 points as ninth-grader Abby McNamara led the way, running to 17th place in a clocking of 20:56.8.

Just behind McNamara, sophomore Jessica Turner was 19th, in 21:18.7, while sophomore Jessica Turner was 21st in 21:18.7. Senior Caroline Dieffenderfer earned 27th place in 21:40.2 and sophomore Morgan Mahoney (21:41.5) was 29th, just ahead of Rebecca Murray (22:26.4), Lindsay Thiel (22:31.9) and Ali Whiting (22:34.0), who were 39th, 42nd and 43rd, respectively.

In the boys Class A meet, Liverpool had an inspired effort, rising to second place with 82 points, trailing only F-M (18 points), while CNS (minus its top runner for much of the season, Anthony Lupia), had to settle for fifth place with 149 points.

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