Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse would both earn cross country victories during a busy Saturday, though in different venues.
At the 61st annual Baldwinsville Invitational at Durgee Junior High School, the girls Warriors won the Large Schools division, scoring 52 points to edge the host Bees, who were second with 58 points.
The first key point was that Liverpool’s top two runners, Abby McNamara and Morgan Mahoney, finished ahead of B’ville’s Annie Peterson and Rachael Miller, with McNamara second in 19 minutes, 11.8 seconds and Miller right behind her in third place in 19:12.4. Peterson was fourth and Miller was fifth.
Two freshmen helped the Warriors build upon that margin, was Juliana Basla took ninth place in 19:46.2 and Emily Butler (19:50.6) worked her way to 10th place. Mackenzie White clinched the victory when she finished 28th in 20:35.9, just ahead of Jessica Turner in 30th place (20:40.4). Lindsey Thiel, in 42nd place (21:12.5), rounded out the scoring column.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool boys team settled for eighth place in the 14-team Large Schools division. Nick LeClair led the Warriors, finishing 31st in 17:03.4, just ahead of Sean Brais (17:05.3) in 33rd place. Dylan McCarthy was 40th (17:16.0), ahead of Jacob Rowell (17:25.6) and Jeremy Goetz (17:29.8).
As this went on, C-NS was competing at the smaller New Hartford Invitational, where it dominated the girls Division I event with 32 points to Utica Proctor’s runner-up total of 60 points.
Of the top 12 runners, 10 were Northstars. Jacqlynn Halstead won the race in 20:04 flat, far ahead of Nicole Watterud, who took second place in 20:51.9.
Taylor Parry, with a fifth-place clocking of 21:46.7, led a big C-NS wave. Madison Kolakowski (21:58.1) and Emily Dolan (22:18.9) rounded out the scoring column, with Savannah Stevens (22:28.2), Jilliann Norris (22:34.0), Lexi Pirro (22:38.2), Sarah Shannon (22:45.1) and Lauren Carr (23:13.3) in the eighth through 12th spots.