SYRACUSE Liverpool’s duo of Ore Akinpelu and Morgan Mahoney, and Cicero-North Syracuse’s duo of Mark Broughton and Javielle Fanizzi, would each earn individual victories during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena.
In doing so, they, along with the Warriors’ 4x200 relay team, were among those earning trips to Cornell University’s Barton Hall to compete in the March 2 state indoor track championships.
Akinpelu struck on two fronts. Individually, she would record a time of 41.80 seconds and beat the field in the 300-meter dash as Baldwinsville’s Cierra Allen (42.13 seconds) was second among Division I (large school) competitors.
Later on, in the 4x200 relay, Akinpelu teamed with Catherine Rowell, Jazmine Herbert and Tammy Brodie as Liverpool roared to victory in 1:47.39, again with B’ville (1:49.94) second among the large schools.
Mahoney would win the Division I portion of the 3,000-meter run. Though second to Fabius-Pompey’s Erin McConnell (who won in 10:19.49), Mahoney, with her time of 10:25.15, beat everyone else, including teammate Abby McNamara, who was fourth in 10:47.74.
Moving to field events, Fanizzi, a freshman, was victorious for C-NS in the triple jump, where her best leap of 36 feet ½ inch easily held off West Genesee’s Brianna Richardson (35’4 ¾”) and the rest of the field. Fanizzi added an eighth (15’1 ½”) in the long jump, where Brodie (14’9 ¼”) was 10th.
Liverpool’s Alexus Gersbacher was sixth (34’ 2 ¼”), ahead of Fanizzi’s teammates, Hannah Szumloz (33’7 ½”) and Jade Jenkins (33’3 ¼”). Herbert (7.72 seconds) and Gersbacher (7.80 seconds) were both unable to make the finals in the 55-meter dash, the same as C-NS’s Jocelyn Greenlee (7.81).
C-NS would get its other victory from Broughton, in the boys 300-meter dash. Broughton claimed the overall race by a narrow margin over the Division II champion, Solvay’s Nick Cometti, 36.77 seconds to 36.78. Nottingham’s Tayquon Hightower (37.30 seconds) was the Division I runner-up.