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Girls track Warriors edge Northstars for league title

Liverpool again sets pace in CNYCL National meet

— Even in the home venue of its main rival, the Liverpool girls track and field team still found a way to prevail in Thursday's CNY Counties League National division championship meet.

The Warriors, with 175 points, held off host Cicero-North Syracuse (165 points) to win at Bragman Stadium, in large measure due to the versatility and depth it showed in running events.

Just eight days earlier, on May 8, Liverpool rolled past C-NS 79-52 at LHS Stadium, taking the regular-season league title, and it started to echo that result by sweeping the sprints.

Jazmine Herbert, in 12.64 seconds, topped Baldwinsville's Gabby Jordan (12.74 seconds) in the 100-meter dash, and was second (26.79 seconds in the 200-meter dash, where Ore Akinpelu won in 26.41 seconds. In between, Catherine Rowell (1:00.86) and Danelle Sims (1:01.24) went 1-2 in the 400-meter dash.

Akinpelu claimed a second title in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.47, and she teamed with Herbert, Rowell and Alexus Gersbacher as Liverpool won the 4x100 relay in 49.58 seconds, where C-NS (53.07 seconds) was third. Rowell, Sims, Juliana Basla and Yasmeen Griffin were victorious in the 4x400 in 4:09.80.

Moving to the distance events, Morgan Mahoney, in the 2,000-meter steeplchase, fought off the Northstars' Nicole Watterud, winning in 7:55.27 to Watterud's 8:01.02 as Taylor Parry (8:11.27) was fourth for C-NS.

It didn't stop there for Mahoney, who was second in the 1,500-meter run in 5:02.79 and also second in the 3,000-meter run (10:59.27) behind Abby McNamara, who won in 10:50.80.

Angela Kulpa cleared 9 feet 6 inches for second place in the pole vault. Nellliah Watkins threw the shot put 31'9" and got second place, while taking third (80 feet) in the discus. Gersbacher earned third place (34'3") in the triple jump as Tammy Brodie was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.75 seconds, adding a fifth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump.

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