Everyone on the Liverpool track and field teams is primed to take their respective shots at Cicero-North Syracuse on Wednesday, with the CNY Counties League National division titles at stake.
Led by Ryheim Lawes and Gaurab Bhattacharya, the boys Warriors head to Bragman Stadium with extra confidence following last Wednesday’s 77-64 conquest of Baldwinsville at the Bees’ home track of Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
Lawes claimed three events, sprinting 100 meters in 11.1 seconds and adding a 200-meter title in 21.7 seconds, one of the best in Section III this spring. He also won the long jump, going 19 feet 4 inches to claim first place.
As for Bhattacharya, he went 16.5 seconds in the 110 high hurdles and claimed the 400 hurdles in 1:03.4. Also on the oval, Alex Christensen was victorious in the 800-meter run, breaking the two-minute mark as he won in 1:58.8, while Brian Petrick took the 3,200-meter run in 9:57.8.
Liverpool also won four of six field events. Travis Chewning-Kulick cleared a season-best 13 feet in the pole vault, while Mark Vanmarter went 39’10” to claim the triple jump. Joe Duffus won the shot put, heaving it 43’5”.
The girls meet takes place at LHS Stadium, exactly where the Warriors put together an impressive effort in last Wednesday’s showdown with Baldwinsville, utilizing its depth and versatility to turn back the Bees 81-60.
Ore Akinpelu led the way, posting the fastest Section III time of the spring in the 400-meter hurdles with 1:04.97 and also winning the 200-meter dash in 26.41 seconds. She also helped Danelle Sims, Catherine Rowell and Yasmeen Griffin as Liverpool claimed the 4x400 relay in 4:09.83.
Griffin’s victory in the long jump (15 feet 8 ½ inches) aided the Warriors’ domination of field events. Angela Kulpa cleared 8 feet in the pole vault, while Alexus Gersbacher went 34’8” in the triple jump. Abby McNamara threw the discus 92’5” and Nelliah Watkins won the shot put with a top toss of 31’5 ½”.