SYRACUSE So far this winter, the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team has prevailed twice in team relay events, but it can handle the more traditional format, too.
During Thursday’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena, the Warriors picked up 63 points, a strong total that left them in second place. Only Fayetteville-Manlius, with 98 points, fared better.
Morgan Mahoney provided a big highlight in the 3,000-meter run. Staring down F-M stars Jenna Farrell and Michelle Duffy, Mahoney won in a time of 10 minutes, 51.15 seconds, leaving Farrell (10:55.96) and Duffy (10:58.68) in the next two spots as Jillian Stagnitta finished sixth. Mahoney also was fifth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:58.64.
It turned into a local clash in the 4x200 relay. Liverpool’s quartet of Ore Akinpelu, Yasmeen Griffin, Danielle Sims and Jazmine Herbert finished in 1:52.45, winning that event as Cicero-North Syracuse’s team of Javielle Fanizzi, Jade Jenkins, Miriam Ghabarou and Hannah Szumloz was second in 1:55.87.
Tammy Brodie nearly won the long jump, going 16 feet 5 ¾ inches as Jamesville-DeWitt’s Sierra Vasiliou (16’11”) prevailed and Jenkins took sixth. Catherine Rowell, in the triple jump, went 34’4”, claiming the runner-up spot behind F-M’s Chrisatbel Ezidiegwu (34’7 ¼”) as Fanizzi got to fifth place for the Northstars.
Akinpelu, who won twice in the Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays on Dec. 28, could only manage a third-place finish in the 600-meter run this time around, as her time of 1:42.40 trailed F-M teammates Katie Brislin (1:40.89) and Olivia Ryan (1:41.86).
Angela Kulpa gave Liverpool a second-place pole vault of 9 feet, something only West Genesee’s Abby Uczen (9’6”) could top. Herbert got to third place in the 55-meter dash in 7.72 seconds.
For C-NS, who had 20 points overall, its best running effort came in the 1,000-meter event, where Jacqlynn Halstead finished in 3:11.53, putting her in third place.