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Indoor track teams have winning weekend

C-NS boys take Kirschenheiter meet; Watkins wins in NYC

In different locales, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool indoor track and field teams found their own kinds of success as the regular season began to wind down.

The boys Northstars again beat a local field in the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, while the Warriors went to New York City's Armory and had some big moments at Saturday's New Balance Games.

Liverpool's Zavon Watkins won the Varsity Boys Invitational 1-Mile Run at the Armory, as his time of four minutes, 14.52 seconds was enough to topple Chariho's Mike Marsella (4:15.27) and 12 other runners.

As if that wasn't enough, Watkins also helped the Warriors win the 1,600 sprint medley. In a 32-team field, Liverpool posted a time of 3:36.45, edging Columbus (3:36.53) by 0.08 seconds.

C-NS also sent some competitors to the Armory, where the girls won the high jump relay with combined leaps of 9 feet 8 inches and took third (9 feet 6 inches) in the pole vault, plus sixth in the triple jump and seventh in the high jump.

Elsewhere, the Northstars were fifth in the sophomore 4x400 relay in a time of 4:34.35. C-NS also had a 4:27.91 in the overall 4x400 and were 24th (10:22.37) in the 4x800 relay. Liverpool took ninth (4:22.95) in the 1,600 sprint medley.

All of this followed Friday's Kirschenheiter meet, where C-NS won its second boys event in five days, earning 63.5 points as Fayetteville-Manlius (48.5 points) took the second spot.

Mike Hyde dazzled in the pole vault, the C-NS senior clearing 14 feet 3 inches to take that event as Tate Laporte (10 feet) was fifth. The Northstars also won the 4x200 relay as Frank Volino, Avery Yarn, Mark Broughton and Keenan Miller put up a time of 1:34.86, more than two seconds clear of the field.

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