Both of Cicero-North Syracuse’s track and field teams took large steps toward claiming the CNY Counties League regular-season titles thanks to last Wednesday’s sweep of its two meets against Baldwinsville.
In the boys meet at Bragman Stadium, Mark Broughton, Joe Castaldo and Peter Girardi, with two wins apiece, helped the Northstars get away from the Bees and prevail 77-64.
Broughton needed 11.3 seconds to beat the field in the 100-meter dash, and followed it up by taking the 200-meter dash in 23.2 seconds. Castaldo swept through the throwing events, tossing the shot put 46 feet 11 inches and the shot put exactly 120 feet.
As for Girardi, he pulled away in the 400-meter hurdles, winning in 58.8 seconds, and went 16.0 seconds in the 110 high hurdles to hold off teammate Austen McDowell (16.1 seconds) for the top spot.
Bryson Mayes also impressed as he unleashed a first-place triple jump of 40’8”. Jalen Jenkins had his best seasonal long jump of 20’7” as he took that title.
The girls meet at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium was even closer, not decided until C-NS got second-place points in the 800-meter run, just enough to fend off B’ville 71-70. Hannah Szumloz would take the 100 hurdles in 16.5 seconds, while Jacqlynn Halstead prevailed in the 1,500-meter run.
And the winning didn’t stop there, as C-NS’s boys would go to B’ville on Friday and again topple the Bees, 155 points to 102, plus six other sides at the John Arcaro Relays.
Morgan Austen, in the lone individual event, dominated the pentathlon, winning three of five events, and taking second in the others, to amount to 2,726 points, which was 521 points better than B’ville’s Sam Smith as the Northstars’ Jesse Lucchetti (2,053 points) was fifth.
Girardi won both the 110 hurdles (15.93 seconds) and 400 hurdles (59.73 seconds) on an individual basis, teaming with Evan Russell to win the 400 hurdles team event in 2:02.33 and, with Ed Mahana, getting second in the 110 hurdles.