C-NS, Liverpool closely matched at sectional track meet

Akinpelu wins twice for girls Warriors in 200, 400 hurdles

— Whether it was the male or female side, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field teams could not separate from each other in Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

In the boys and girls meets, the Northstars and Warriors had similar point totals, but both ended up chasing Fayetteville-Manlius, whose depth in distance running events led to a sweep of both of the sectional meets.

They were together because bad weather last Tuesday postponed the girls AA meet, originally set for Fulton. So they moved it to C-NS 24 hours later, and managed to finish most of the events, though three (the girls 4x400 relay and 2,000-meter steeplechase, and boys 4x100 relay) had to be held over until Thursday and completed at Rome Free Academy Stadium.

When all was done in the girls AA meet, Liverpool had 93 points and a second-place effort, with C-NS getting 83 points for third place and F-M (133 points) on top.

Liverpool star sophomore Ore Akinpelu pulled away to win the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.97, more than two seconds clear of the field as the Northstars’ Madison Kolakowski was sixth. Then, in the 200-meter dash, Akinpelu hit the finish line in 25.88 seconds, with Catherine Rowell third in 26.64 seconds and Jazmine Herbert in fifth place.

Akinpelu, Herbert, Rowell and Alexus Gersbacher held off Baldwisville, 49.23 seconds to 49.58, to claim the 4x100 relay. Then, going to RFA on Thursday, Akinpelu and Rowell, joined by Yasmeen Griffin and Jessica Turner, won the 4x400 in 3:59.3, exactly a second ahead of Baldwinsville (4:00.3) as C-NS finished sixth.

Herbert, on her own, took third in the 100-meter dash in 12.68 seconds, while Rowell was fourth (58.84 seconds) in the 400-meter dash. Gersbacher was fifth in the triple jump.

Juliana Basla took fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:20.96, while Morgan Mahoney was fourth in the 3,000-meter run (10:33.18) and sixth in the 1,500-meter run. C-NS’s Jacqlynn Halstead got sixth in the 3,000 behind Mahoney, while Halstead’s teammate, Nicole Watterud, was fifth (7:40.6) in the 2,000 steeplechase held over to Thursday at RFA.

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