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Girls track Warriors win Tully meet

Akinpelu, Watkins both win races; Liverpool boys take second

Just before its CNY Counties League opener against West Genesee, the Liverpool track and field teams nearly swept the top spots at Monday's Tully Spring Break Invitational.

On the girls end, Liverpool picked up 76 points, enough to hold off Homer (64 points) and Mexico (62 points) at the top, while the boys Warriors had 81 points, topping everyone except Hannibal, who won with 89 points.

Ore Akinpelu delivered a win in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.67, with Madeline Murphy (1:10.46) in fifth place. Akinpelu teamed with Jessica Turner, Emily Butler and Kyla Bills for third (11:01.57) in the 4x800 relay.

Butler was second in the 3,000-meter run, edging out third-place Morgan Mahoney, 11:29.99 to 11:30.05, while Lindsey Thiel was sixth in the 1,500-meter run. Alexus Gersbacher got sixth in the 200-meter dash and Turner took sixth in the high jump.

Only Nicole Barrett (7 feet 6 inches) and Shae Shenandoah (7’) cleared heights in the pole vault, providing Liverpool a 1-2 finish. Kathryn Dalton stepped up for fourth place in the triple jump, going 26’ ½ “.

Mary Reed was fourth in the discus, heaving it 83’ 9”, with Nelliah Watkins getting fifth place in the shot put with 26’ 9”. Jazmine Herbert claimed third (13.62 seconds) in the 100-meter dash as Bills took third in the 800-meter run in 2:34.99.

Liverpool gathered up 24 boys points with its 1-2-3 sweep in the 400-meter dash. Zavon Watkins took top honors in a time of 50.41 seconds, edging out Ryheim Lawes (50.44 seconds) as Keewan Rondinello was third in 53.02 seconds.

Zavon Watkins would win the boys 800, his time of 2:07.15 more than a second ahead of Hannibal’s Ben Griffin (2:08.25). Liverpool also won the 4x400, where Steve Fiorello, Ryheim Lawes, Keewan Rondinello and Brandon Horton, in 3:44.09, beat the field by more than three seconds.

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