Even though it managed to save a split out of its showdown with Liverpool, the Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams could not do so against Baldwinsville last Wednesday afternoon.
At least it was close on the girls side, where the state Class A no. 11-ranked Northstars got close to the Bees before taking a 26-30 defeat, B’ville seizing the CNY Counties League National division regular-season title in the process.
Jacqlynn Halstead still won the individual race on the Durgee Junior High School course in 18 minutes, 24.18 seconds, but two B’ville runners, Rachael Miller (18:32.74) and Annie Peterson (18:33.93), followed.
And though Nicole Watterud finished fourth in 18:43.84 and Amanda Shulman (18:53.87) was fifth, B’ville decided matters by placing four of the next five runners, only Taylor Parry (19:36.87) interrupting as she gained ninth place.
Meanwhle, the C-NS boys team ran up against a B’ville side that’s no. 4 in the state Class A poll and proved it, also clinching the league crown by beating the Northstars 16-44.
Led by Andy Fleming, who won in 16:10.55, B’ville swept the top four spots before C-NS’s Colin Greenseich took fifth place in 16:24.74. Two more B’ville runners followed before Anthony Lupia took eighth, in 16:57.65, while Chris Hannan was ninth (17:01.55), edging out Matt Crough (17:01.81), who was 10th.
As for Liverpool, it had little trouble in its meet against Syracuse West, winning a 15-42 decision on the girls side and prevailing 20-43 on the boys side.
Rebecca Murray won the girls race in 21:13, leading a top-five sweep as most of the top runners rested. Jillian Stagnitta finished second in 22 minutes flat, just ahead of Lindsey Thiel (22:01) in third, while Audrey Husenitza (22:28) and Catherine Vann (22:46) earned fourth and fifth, respectively. Rachel Turner had a 10th-place clocking of 24:30.