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Watkins, Akinpelu among qualifying meet winners

Liverpool, C-NS both get wins to set up state track meet

— Zavon Watkins will lead a large contingent of Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field athletes that will populate next week’s state championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

During last Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse, Watkins appeared in just one individual event, the 800-meter run. There, he worked his way to victory in one minute, 57.79 seconds, beating Baldwinsville’s Alec Peinkofer by 1.45 seconds.

Watkins also ran the anchor leg in the 4x400 relay, where he, along with Keewan Rondinello, Steve Fiorello and Ryheim Lawes, won in 3:27.23, more than three seconds better than second-place Whitesboro.

As if that wasn’t enough, Ryan Ronk joined Rondinello, Lawes and FIorello as Liverpool beat C-NS, 43.48 seconds to 43.94, in the 4x100 relay. Cameron Shaughnessy, Avery Yarn, Shawn Webb and Mark Broughton were second for the Northstars. Liverpool added a third in the 4x800.

Moving to the girls side, Ore Akinpelu, on her own, won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.16, ahead of C-NS teammates Justine Seliger (1:07.58) and Jade Jenkins (1:09.59). Seliger was second (16.66 seconds) in the 100 hurdles, with Hannah Szumloz (16.78 seconds) in fourth place.

This was after a 4x100 relay where Akinpelu, Connie Torres, Jazmine Herbert and Catherine Rowell won in 49.16 seconds, topping Baldwinsville (49.78 seconds) at the wire. Akinpelu, Rowell, Torres and Yasmeen Griffin were second in the 4x400 relay in 4:01.73.

Herbert, on her own, rose to second in the 100-meter dash in 12.77 seconds. Nick Leedom, in the boys shot put, threw it 51 feet, a half inch behind Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Corey Wilkinson.

C-NS wasn’t quiet in this meet In the pentathlon, Katie Osborne went 17 feet 7 ¼ inches in the long jump, cleared 5’3 ¾” in the high jump and ran the 100 hurdles in 15.44 seconds on her way to a winning total of 3,060 points. Teammate Nicole Herringshaw had 2,283 points.

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