Jamesville Even though it has the no. 3-ranked team in the state, the Liverpool boys cross country team is not going to Queensbury High School this weekend for the state Class A championship race – at least not as a whole unit, anyway.
True, the Warriors managed to qualify four runners – sophomore Ben Petrella, juniors Dan Muldoon and Connor Buck, and senior Alex Christensen – for the state meet as part of the Section III All-Star squad, and Dylan McCarthy is the first alternate.
But what Liverpool really wanted out of last Saturday’s Section III Class A meet at Jamesville Beach Park was a long-elusive victory over Fayetteville-Manlius, the state’s top-ranked team and the dynasty so few have come close to toppling.
What made the difference was that the Hornets, who finished with 24 points to the Warriors’ 37, sent its three best runners – Bryce Millar, Andrew Berge and Peter Ryan – to the front, and none of Liverpool’s stars were able to catch them, putting the Warriors at a point deficit it could not overcome.
Petrella finished in 15 minutes, 46.7 seconds, just behind Ryan (15:41.5) for the third spot as Millar (15:37.8) edged Berge (15:38.1) for the individual title in the fastest race of the day.
Muldoon, in a time of 15:58.5, got into sixth place behind Utica Proctor’s Zakaria Adam (15:54.4). Buck finished eighth, in 16:13.2, while Christensen, in 16:15.3, managed to keep McCarthy (16:15.8) from qualifying for the state meet by just half a second.
Elsewhere for the Warriors, Ryan Comstock finished 17th, in 16:53.2, while Nick LeClair got to 25th place in 17:12.2. Jacob Rowell was 31st, in 17:32.7, just ahead of Sean Brais (17:36.0) and Ty Brownlow (17:36.8), who were 33rd and 34th, respectively.
Cicero-North Syracuse took fourth in the team standings with 125 points, but qualified none of its runners for the state meet.