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Liverpool indoor track girls claim second at AA meet

Kulpa wins pole vault; C-NS's Fanizzi sweeps long, triple jump

— Spreading its production around, the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team put together a second-place finish during Wednesday night’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena.

Overall, the Warriors picked up 80 points, offering the only real threat to Fayetteville-Manlius, who still repeated as sectional champions as it finished with 114.33 points. Cicero-North Syracuse also had a strong showing, getting fourth place with 63 points.

Going 1-2 in the pole vault, the Warriors saw Angela Kulpa clear 9 feet for the title and Shae Shenandoah (8 feet) earn the runner-up spot. C-NS’s Theresa Brown was third as Whitney Hotchkiss gained fifth place.

Liverpool was victorious in the 4x200 relay, where Ore Akinpelu, Catherine Rowell, Jazmine Herbert and Danelle Sims finished in a time of 1:49.08, nearly two seconds clear of runner-up Baldwinsville (1:51.02). Akinpelu also helped Danelle Sims, Yasmeen Griffin and Catherine Rowell get to third place in the 4x400 relay in 4:17.27, with C-NS (4:31.10) in sixth.

Morgan Mahoney made her way to second place in the 3,000-meter run in 10:25.57, with Abby McNamara (10:44.11) in fourth place. Juliana Basla was fourth in the 600-meter run in 1:42.97. Mahoney, McNamara, Basla and Jillian Stagnitta were fourth in the 4x800 relay in 10:26 flat, C-NS (10:41.30) settling into fifth place.

Javielle Fanizzi led C-NS as she swept the long jump and triple jump. In the long jump, Fanizzi went 16’2 ¼”, with Liverpool’s Tammy Brodie third (15’6”) and C-NS’s Jade Jenkins fifth. Brodie, in the high jump, cleared 4’9” for third place.

Moving to the triple jump, Fanizzi had a best attempt of 35’3”, half a foot better than West Genesee’s Brianna Richardson (34’9”), with Liverpool’s Alexus Gersbacher (34’5 ¼”) in third place. Jenkins again took fifth place.

Fanizzi added a third-place time of 9.38 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles, ahead of teammates Hannah Szumloz (9.50 seconds) and Jenkins (9.58 seconds) in fifth and sixth, respectively.

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