Liverpool indoor track girls claim second at AA meet

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

— C-NS had Destiny Monica throw the shot put 33’2 ¼” for third place, with Liverpool’s Nelliah Watkins sixth. Amanda Shuman took fourth place in the 1,000-meter run in 3:12.84, while Nicole Watterud finished fifth (10:47.42) in the 3,000 and sixth in the 1,500-meter run.

In the boys sectional Class AA meet, C-NS, with 59.33 points, would get third place, with Liverpool (37 points) settling into fifth place, both of them trailing F-M’s top total of 110 points.

For the Warriors, Travis Chewning-Kulick had an impressive victory in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet 6 inches to beat Baldwinsville’s Logan Maar (11’) as C-NS’s Tate LaPorte (10’) was sixth. Geoffrey Bell gave Liverpool a second-place shot put throw of 46’4”, with the Northstars’ Joe Castaldo (43’10 ¾”) getting third place.

Though it didn’t win an event, C-NS had Morgan Austen finished second, in eight seconds flat, behind Oswego’s Cory Keefe (7.60 seconds) in the 55 hurdles, with Liverpool’s Gaurab Bhattacharya in fifth place. Austen’s teammate, Bryson Mayes, was second in the triple jump, going 41’7 ¼” behind Central Square’s Dan Fehrman (43’6 ½”).

C-NS also saw Shawn Webb, Mark Broughton, Avery Yarn and Nathan Hilt take second place in the 4x400 in 3:35.33, with Baldwinsville (3:30.67) getting to the top spot. That same quartet was third in the 4x200 (1:34.26) as Broughton, on his own, got second (37.32 seconds) in the 300 sprint and Yarn (37.72 seconds) finished fourth.

Liverpool had Connor Buck, Alex Christensen, Nick LeClair and Dylan McCarthy get to third in the 4x800 in 8:29.68, with C-NS seeing Anthony Lupia, Neil Gill, Bryan Sibble and Evan Russell fourth in 8:32.77.

Buck was fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:53.55, while Christensen was fifth (2:36.14) in the 1,000. Lupia earned fourth place (4:33.57) in the mile. Zach Harris gave Liverpool a fourth-place high jump of 5’8” as Mayes (5’6”) tied for sixth.

All of these athletes return to SRC Arena on Wednesday for the Section III state qualifier, where most of the spots in the March 2 state championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall will get determined.

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