C-NS, Liverpool both sweep at VVS Invitational

Cross Country teams excel on sectional championship course

— They held eight varsity cross country races as part of Saturday's Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational, and teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool won half of them.

The Northstars claimed both portions of the Varsity 1 division, while the Warriors did the same in the Varsity 2 division, all on the 3.1-mile VVS course that will host the Section III championships on Nov. 3.

In the girls Varsity 1 race, C-NS finished with 48 points, enough to beat 16 other teams, the closest of which was Jamesville-DeWitt, who gained second place with 80 points. The Northstars also had the top overall team score, just ahead of Baldwinsville and Liverpool.

Jacqlynn Halstead led the Northstars, claiming third place among individuals in 19 minutes, 38.1 seconds, not that far behind the winner, Jordan-Elbridge's Abby Gugel (19:25.8).

Nicole Watterud ran to sixth place in 20:16.8, while Amanda Shuman stepped up for 11th place in 20:43.3. Taylor Parry was 14th (21:11.6) and Madison Kolakowski took 21st place in 21:49 flat.

Savannah Stevens was 23rd (21:57.6), leading the next C-NS group as Jillian Norris finished 28th in 22:13.3. Sarah Shannon took 33rd place in 22:21.9, just ahead of Lexi Pirro (22:25.7) in 35th.

As for the Liverpool girls team in the Varsity 3 race, only the combined Westhill/Bishop Ludden entry got close to the Warriors, who prevailed with 45 points to Westhill/Ludden's 68.

Morgan Mahoney started Liverpool's wave with a fifth-place time of 20:34.7. Following her, Abby McNamara finished seventh in 20:48.2, with Julianna Basla eighth in 20:55.3.

More Warriors runners followed, including Emily Butler, who was 11th in 21:21.6. Lindsay Thiel was 15th (21:42.1), while Mackenzie White (21:50.4) and Morgan Chewning-Kulick (21:53.8) were 17th and 18th, respectively. Jillian Stagnitta was 20th (22:03.4) and Rebecca Murray slid into 21st place (22:03.8) ahead of Jessica Turner, who was 27th in 22:14.2.

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