SYRACUSE With his trademark finishing kick, Liverpool’s Zavon Watkins earned two more victories, and nearly a third, during Friday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena.
It was all part of a wild evening where the Warriors, with 74 points, finished just behind Cicero-North Syracuse (75 points) for the runner-up spot as Fayetteville-Manlius, with 97 points, claimed sectional team honors.
Six days removed from his spectacular comeback to win the mile at the Millrose Games in New York City, the Penn State-bound Watkins pulled away to take the 600-meter run in 1:27.18 and used another late comeback to top F-M star Nick Ryan, 2:34.90 to 2:35.82, in the 1,000-meter run.
And Watkins nearly got a triple, in the 300-meter dash, finishing in 36.41 seconds, just behind F-M’s Austin Perez (35.91 seconds) as the Warriors’ Ryheim Lawes got third place in 37.27 seconds and Keewan Rondinello (37.69 seconds) was fourth.
Lawes and Rondinello joined Steve Fiorello and Ryan Ronk as, in the 4x200 relay, Liverpool won a classic duel with C-NS in a time of 1:33.45, leaving the quartet of Mark Broughton, Avery Yarn, Keenan Miller and Frank Volino second in 1:33.76.
In the 4x400, Rondinello, Lawes, Fiorello and Jeff Conley were third in 3:33.82, with the Warriors sixth in the 4x800 and the Northstars fifth.
Again, Mike Hyde dominated the pole vault for C-NS, clearing 13 feet 6 inches to prevail as teammate Cameron LaBarge was second (12 feet) and Cameron Shaughnessy was fifth.
For the Northstars, Volino got to second place in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.92 seconds. Anthony Lupia took second in the mile in 4:33.60. Neil Gill was third in the 3,200-meter run in 9:50.59, where Liverpool’s Adam Zinger was fifth.
Joel Brousseau cleared 5 feet 8 inches in the high jump, the same as Bryson Mayes as they tied for fourth, Mayes adding a fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump behind Liverpool’s Ethan Vanmarter in fifth place.