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C-NS boys track edges Liverpool in league meet

Northstars avenge regular-season loss to Warriors

— Though they were the same rivals, meeting in the same location, as they had a week earlier, this time around the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team got the better of Liverpool.

Remembering what had happened in their regular-season showdown, the Northstars got payback in Thursday's CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

That 72-69 defeat in the May 8 regular-season finale proved plenty of motivation for C-NS, who eight days later gathered up 178 points, enough to fend off the Warriors' total of 159 points as Baldwinsville, with 137 points, was close behind in third place.

In the first individual track event, the 110-meter high hurdles, C-NS went 1-2 as Morgan Austen won in 15.22 seconds and Pete Girardi (15.74 seconds) was runner-up. Girardi went on to finish a close second (57.65 seconds) to West Genesee's Pete Richardson (57.54 seconds) in the 400-meter hurdles, where Austen (58.53 seconds) was third.

Neil Gill needed 10:15.07 for a victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with Chris Hannan in fifth. Avery Yarn got a key victory in the 400-meter dash in 51.97 seconds, with teammate Jeremy Rivera in fifth place. Bryan Sibble took fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:05 flat, with Bryan Bausinger sixth.

C-NS was victorious in the 4x100 relay, where Mark Broughton, Jalen Jenkins, Steve Mirizio and Nathan Hilt hit the line in 45.17 seconds, with the Warriors fifth. Yarn, Sibble, Shawn Webb and Evan Russell took second in the 4x400 relay in 3:38.58, where Liverpool finished fourth.

Liverpool did win the first relay, the 4x800, where Nick LeClair, Connor Buck, Dylan McCarthy and Landon Veney, in 8:47.37, held off the C-NS quartet of Bausinger, Paul DeGennaro, Evan Russell and Andrew Bearkland, who was second in 8:48.27, less than a second behind. Buck was third (10:36.97) and McCarthy fourth (11:08.11) in the steeplechase behind Gill.

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