Local track stars shine at Saturday meets

Lawes, Akinpelu both win for Liverpool at Loucks Games

In between their head-to-head showdown last Wednesday and the rematch in the CNY Counties League championship meet late this week, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams both found success in a pair of Saturday events.

For the Warriors (who swept the Northstars for regular-season league honors), that meant going to White Plains for the 46th annual Loucks Games, taking on top competitors from across the Northeast.

Ryheim Lawes gained a victory for Liverpool in the 100-meter dash. He qualified for the final in 11.08 seconds and then improved to exactly 11 seconds in the championship race, edging out Mustafaa Dais (Hackley School), who was second in 11.04 seconds.

In the girls 400-meter hurdles, Ore Akinpelu earned another Liverpool victory, her time of 1:02.50 easily topping Newburgh’s D’Yanna McCaskill (1:03.31) and the rest of the field.

Back on the boys side, Lawes finished ninth in the 200-meter dash (22.67 seconds), while Mark Vanmarter, 12th in the 100, saved his best stuff for the long jump, where he went 21 feet 8 ¼ inches and rose to fifth place as Dais (22’6 ¼”) gained the top spot.

Connor Buck, Nick LeClair, Ben Petrella and Alex Christensen earned sixth place in the 4x800 relay in 8:04.46. Individually, Christensen was eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:54 flat as Marcellus senior Ryan Manahan won in 1:52.28. Petrella and Buck were 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 3,200-meter run.

Travis Chewning-Kulick, in the pole vault, cleared 12’6” for 10th place, while Chris Grannell was 11th in the discus, throwing it 133’5”. Joe Duffus was 16th in the shot put.

For the Liverpool girls team at White Plains, Akinpelu, teaming with Yasmeen Griffin, Catherine Rowell and Danelle Sims, finished third in the 4x400 relay in 3:59.49. Jazmine Herbert and Alexus Gersbacher joined Akinpelu and Rowell as the Warriors took seventh (50.09 seconds) in the 4x100.

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