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Liverpool, C-NS athletes star at state qualifier

Lawes wins 100, 200 sprints for Warriors

Liverpool boys track and field star Travis Chewning-Kulick earned a victory in the pole vault during Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Bragman Stadium. As the only athlete to clear 13 feet 6 inches, Chewning-Kulick earned a berth in this weekend’s state meet at Middletown.

Liverpool boys track and field star Travis Chewning-Kulick earned a victory in the pole vault during Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet at Bragman Stadium. As the only athlete to clear 13 feet 6 inches, Chewning-Kulick earned a berth in this weekend’s state meet at Middletown. Larry Jones

— Battling 90-degree heat and the pressure of wanting to advance to this weekend’s state meet at Middletown High School, track and field athletes from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse would earn a series of victories in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Bragman Stadium.

In particular, the Warriors cleaned up in sprints, starting with Ryheim Lawes, who took the 100-meter dash in 10.94 seconds, the only sub-11 second clocking, and went on to win the 200-meter dash in 22.13 seconds, more than a second ahead of Rome Free Academy’s Leroy Brown.

Liverpool’s girls did well, too. Ore Akinpelu, who had already won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.58, paired with Catherine Rowell, Alexus Gersbacher and Jazmine Herbert to run the 4x100 relay in 49.08 seconds, just ahead of Baldwinsville (49.71 seconds) and the field.

It was the same in the 4x400, where Yasmeen Griffin joined Akinpelu, Rowell and Herbert and, again, Liverpool (3:58.06) held off B’ville (3:59.10) for the top spot. To top it off, Angela Kulpa cleared 10 feet 6 inches and won the pole vault, with C-NS’s Theresa Brown in fifth place.

The boys Warriors won two field events. Travis Chewning-Kulick soared above the field in the pole vault, clearing 13 feet 6 inches as Jamesville-DeWitt’s Zach Liebmann (13 feet) was second. Mark Vanmarter advanced to the state meet with a top long jump of 22 feet 5 ½ inches, beating Indian River’s Darrius Bryan by five inches.

Joe Castaldo gave C-NS a victory in the Division I shot put, as his top throw of 52 feet 5 ¼ inches beat Westhill/Bishop Ludden’s Corey Wilkinson (51’2 ¾”) and the field. Castaldo also was third in the discus with 133’5”, with Liverpool’s Chris Granell (125’8”) in fifth place.

In the Division I (large school) pentathlon, the Northstars’ Morgan Austen and the Warriors’ Tammy Brodie both prevailed. Austen was tops overall with 3,207 points, holding off Watertown’s Matt Olney (3,144 points), while Brodie got 2,696 points in the girls event, just ahead of RFA’s Tricia Loso (2,645 point) as C-NS’s Brittany House got 2,404 points.

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