Even a superlative effort at the Sept. 28 McQuaid Invitational in Rochester and a rise to no. 2 in the state Class A rankings could spare Liverpool’s boys cross country team from defeat the next time it competed.
In last Tuesday’s match at West Genesee, the Warriors could not keep up with the no. 12-ranked Wildcats, who ran an inspired race and prevailed by a 15-38 margin.
Connor Buck and Alex Christensen each finished in 17 minutes, 59 seconds, while Ben Petrella had a time of 18 minutes flat. Each of them trailed a strong pack of WG runners, as Will Randall won the race in 16:53, Jack Erhard finished in 17 minutes flat and Nate Conroy (17:03) was third.
As this was going on, though, Liverpool’s girls cross country team had the exact opposite result, rolling past West Genesee 20-35 despite the Wildcats’ Laura Leff earning the individual victory in a swift time of 19:02.
Nearly a minute behind Leff, Abby McNamara made her way to second place in 20:01. Morgan Mahoney got third place, in 20:08, while Juliana Basla took fourth place in 20:24.
In fact, the Warriors swept the second through sixth finishing positions, with Maia Henry (20:54) and Morgan Chewning-Kulick (21:02) crossing the finish line before WG’s second competitor, Maria Matkowski, got seventh place in 21:10.1.
While that was going on, Cicero-North Syracuse pulled off an impressive sweep over visiting Baldwinsville at Oneida Shores, winning 20-39 on the boys side and 27-32 on the girls side.
Even though the Bees’ Jack Martin won the boys race in 16:21.6, his side was still recovering from a hazing investigation by the school that led to several suspensions.
As a result, the Northstars kept its top runners together, and got all the points it needed. Colin Greenseich, in a time of 16:27.1, finished second, while Andrew Bearkland was third in 16:35.2.