SYRACUSE Already a key part of back-to-back Section III champions on the soccer field, Liverpool sophomore Ore Akinpelu made her way back to the girls indoor track Warriors - just in time to give her side an ideal parting gift for 2012.
Led by Akinpelu, Liverpool claimed Friday's Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena, picking up 54 points, just enough to fend off Fayetteville-Manlius (50 points) for the top spot as Cicero-North Syracuse, with 32.5 points, finished fifth.
Using a format similar to the Jack Morse Relays in mid-December, two athletes from each team put up combined times, distances and heights, but unlike the Morse meet, no relay race (like the 4x200 or 4x400) was contested.
In the 300-meter dash, Akinpelu roared to the individual title in 42.25 seconds, more than a second ahead of Emma Ford (Skaneateles) as Akinpelu and Yasmeen Griffin took the team event in 1:28.97, with Homer (1:32.21) in the runner-up spot.
It was just the same in the 400-meter dash, where Akinpelu held off West Genesee star Laura Leff, 1:01.42 to 1:01.70, for a second individual title, and with Catherine Rowell (fifth) claimed the team event in 2:04.65, good for another 10 points.
The Warriors also got second place in the mile relay, Morgan Mahoney and Juliana Basla getting total times of 11:01.22 as Jacqlynn Halstead, second overall in 5:18.19, and Victoria Pirro had C-NS third in 11:34.14. Mahoney and Basla went on to take third (22:31.55) in the 3,000-meter run, where the Northstars' Nicole Watterud and Emily Dolan were fourth in 23:08.59.
Angela Kulpa, second among individuals in the pole vault by clearing 9 feet 6 inches, managed third-place points. Jazmine Herbert and Alexus Gersbacher claimed fourth place in the 55-meter dash in a combined 15.69 seconds. Nelilah Watkins and Shania Williams were fourth in the shot put, heaving it 56' 5 3/4" between them.