C-NS, Liverpool gain titles at state qualifier

Akinpelu wins 300, helps Warriors in 4x200 relay

— In the 55-meter hurdles, the Northstars’ Morgan Austen challenged Oswego star Cory Keefe, finishing second in 7.96 seconds, not far from Keefe (7.81) as Liverpool’s Gaurab Bhattacharya was fifth in 8.28 seconds.

Liverpool’s 4x800 relay quartet of Connor Buck, Nick LeClair, Alex Christensen and Jacob Rowell got to second place in 8:34.11, beating Class AA champion B’ville (8:37.35), though both trailed Fayetteville-Manlius (8:19.63).

Moving to the pole vault, the Warriors’ Travis Chewning-Kulick had his own second-place effort, clearing 12’6” to top everyone except Zach Liebmann (Jamesville-DeWitt), who won with 13’3”.

Geoffrey Bell had his own second-place finish, in the shot put, heaving it 46’7” as Westhill/Bishop Ludden star Corey Wilkinson (50’5 ¼”) prevailed. C-NS’s Joe Castaldo (43’1 ½”) was fifth. Also for Liverpool, Mark Vanmarter was fifth (19’5 ¾”) in the long jump, with the Northstars’ Bryson Mayes sixth (39’8 ¾”) in the triple jump.

Christensen made his way to third place in the Division I 1,000-meter run in 2:40.01. Buck was fifth in the 3,200-meter run in 9:54.84, while C-NS’s Anthony Lupia started strong in the mile, but faded back to fourth place in 4:30.11. Lupia, Neil Gill, Bryan Sibble and Evan Russell were fourth (8:44.26) in the 4x800.

Angela Kulpa was third for Liverpool in the girls pole vault, clearing 9’6” as C-NS’s Theresa Brown cleared 8 feet. Juliana Basla gave Liverpool a fifth-place finish in the 600-meter run in 1:43.83, while the Northstars’ Destiny Monica threw the shot put 30’11” to gain sixth place.

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