Liverpool cross country earns league title sweep

Warriors stop B'ville to earn CNYCL National honors

— Even as it took a defeat to West Genesee on Oct. 2, the Liverpool boys cross country team knew that the real priority was, first, to lock up the CNY Counties League National division regular-season championship.

And that task was met in Wednesday’s meet against short-handed Baldwinsville at Durgee Junior High School, where the state Class A no. 3-ranked Warriors had little trouble prevailing over the Bees 19-44.

Ever since a late-September hazing investigation led to several suspensions, B’ville has run short-handed, with Jack Martin its lone standout. In fact, Martin would push for the individual title in this race, only to finish second (15:41) to Ben Petrella, who won in 15 minutes, 38 seconds.

Then the rest of the Warriors arrived, starting with Dylan McCarthy, who was third in 16:09. Alex Christensen (16:12), Connor Buck, Nick LeClair, Dan Muldoon (16:13 each) and Ryan Comstock (16:14) finished together, all of them plus Sean Brais (16:32) ahead of the Bees’ second runner, Steve Petrelli, who finished in 16:39.

When it was the Liverpool girls turn against Baldwinsville (who wasn’t short-handed at all), the result was close to the same as the Warriors, by a 20-38 margin, also clinched a regular-season CNYCL National title.

Abby McNamara got away from the pack, finishing in 18 minutes 15 seconds, while Morgan Mahoney gained second place in 18:29. In between B’ville teammates Marissa Lathrop (18:40) and Rachael Miller (19:00), Juliana Basla made her way to fourth place in 18:50.

Three other runners would put away the victory, though. Morgan Chewning-Kulick earned sixth place, in 19:26, with Jillian Stagnitta in seventh place (19:35) and Kristina Moore earning eighth place in 19:57.

As Liverpool was earning its league titles, Cicero-North Syracuse was also winning big, rolling past Syracuse East at Oneida Shores in a pair of one-sided races that served as warm-ups for the Manhattan Invitational.

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