Then both of the Warrior teams would earn second-place finishes in Friday’s Chittenango Invitational, the boys with 75 points, the girls with 66 points, each of them trailing Fayetteville-Manlius, who swept the team events.
In the boys meet, Lawes won the 100-meter dash, his time of 11.10 seconds comfortably ahead of Niskayuna’s Jordan Ivery (11.47 seconds) and 49 other sprinters.
Lawes, fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18’11”, also took second in the 200 (22.75 seconds) to Rome Free Academy’s Josh Reed (22.59 seconds) as teammate Mark Vanmarter was fourth in 23.82 seconds after taking eighth in the long jump.
Christiensen tore to a time of 1:57.85 in the 800 for third place, just behind F-M’s Charlie Beeler (1:57.03) and Rome Free Academy’s Erik Winberg (1:57.77), and teamed with Veney, LeClair and Dylan McCarthy to get second place (8:43.09) to F-M (8:23.74) in the 4x800.
Bhattacharya rose to third place in the 110 high hurdles in 16.44 seconds, while Zach Harris cleared 5’6” for third place in the high jump. Chris Granell got to third (132’4”) and Joe Duffus was fifth (122’3”) in the discus as Anthony Miller was fifth in the shot put with 45’6”.
Horton was fifth in the five-event pentathlon with 2,096 points, while Jacob Rowell was sixth (11:07.45) in the 3,000 steeplechase. LeClair was eighth in the mile Brockton Barton was ninth in the 400 sprint in 54.97 seconds.
For the girls Warriors, Akinpelu pulled away to win the 400 hurdles, her time of 1:07.66 bettering the runner-up, Hamilton’s Clara Jones (1:09.90), by more than two seconds. And in the 4x400, Akinpelu, teaming with Rowell, Yasmeen Griffin and Danelle Sims, sped to victory in 4:10.38, with F-M second in 4:14.37.
Brodie contended for the title in the girls pentathlon, winning the high jump (4’11 ¾”) and long jump (15’2 ¾”) portions, but ending up in second place with 2,513 points, not far behind Phoenix’s Haylie Virginia, who won with 2,626 points.