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Watkins earns pair of wins at sectional indoor meet

C-NS girls, boys both finish second to F-M in team event

— Also for C-NS, Joe Castaldo was fourth (40 feet 9 ¾ inches) and Austin George sixth in the shot put. Ken Ryan got fifth in the 1,000 as Broughton and Milller were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 55-meter dash.

The girls Class AA meet saw C-NS accumulate 128 points, but F-M, with its virtual sweep of the distance races, countered with 141 points and finished on top. Liverpool was third with 52 points.

Thwarted on the oval, the Northstars countered with a sweep of the field events. Katie Osborne, with a long jump of 16 feet 11 ¼ inches, edged teammate Javielle Fanizzi (16 feet 10 ¾ inches) by half an inch, with Brittany Murphy third and Jade Jenkins fourth.

In the 55 hurdles, it was another top-four sweep with Osborne in the lead, the senior going 8.76 seconds, leaving Jessica Wheeler second (9.53 seconds), Justine Seliger third and Jenkins fourth.

Osborne also won the high jump, clearing 5 feet 4 inches with fewer misses than Rome Free Academy’s Dana Husband, while Shannon McCarthy was fifth.

Mariah Thomson chimed in with a first-place shot put toss of 35 feet 3 ¾ inches, while Jessica Wheeler cleared 9 feet to win the pole vault, where McCarthy was fourth. Fanizzi won the triple jump with 33 feet 10 inches as Jenkins was third (33 feet 6 ¾ inches) and Hannah Szumioz fifth.

Though F-M earned most of the top spots in the distance races, Taylor Parry did sneak into fourth place in the 1,000 in 3:08.69, while Maria LaMontagne was sixth in the 1,500-meter run. C-NS’s quartet of Katie Laris, Emily Dolan, Shannon Bausinger and Marissa Colburn were second in the 4x800 in 10:18.39, with Liverpool in fifth place.

The Warriors’ success could be found in the 4x200 as the quartet of Ore Akinpelu, Jazmine Herbert, Connie Torres and Catherine Rowell edged Nottingham, 1:50.14 to 1:50.17, for the top spot.

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