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Liverpool runners sweep CNYCL National races

Petrella, McNamara earn individual titles; C-NS takes second place

— Though the races were bigger and the fields larger, the Liverpool cross country teams had the same result – a clean sweep of the CNY Counties League National division.

During Wednesday afternoon’s league meet at Baldwinsville, the Warriors won on both sides, in each case leaving Cicero-North Syracuse and Bees far behind in the first of what it hopes to be a month full of meaningful championship meets.

Liverpool’s boys, ranked no. 2 behind Fayetteville-Manlius in the state Class A rankings, had seven of the top nine finishers on its way to 18 points, leaving C-NS, no. 20 in those same state rankings, in second with 53 points.

Ben Petrella won the race, covering the 2.95-mile Durgee Junior High School course in 15 minutes, 13.9 seconds, while Dan Muldoon, in 15:31.4, held off B’ville’s Jack Martin (15:34.0) for second place.

Connor Buck led the next wave, taking fourth place in 15:36.8, with Nick LeClair in fifth place (15:40.8) and Alex Christensen grabbing sixth place in 15:49.7. Dylan McCarthy took eighth place in 16:00.5, just in front of Ryan Comstock, who was ninth in 16:02 flat.

Amid all this, C-NS’s Colin Greenseich led his side with an eighth-place clocking of 15:52.5. The next four Northstars finished in order as Paul DeGennaro took 10th place in 16:09.7, with Eric Bowen 11th (16:16.7), Andrew Bearkland 12th (16:17.6) and Chris Hannan taking 13th place in 16:24.8.

Then three more Liverpool runners – Sean Brais (14th, 16:37.1), Jacob Rowell (16th, 16:43.6) and Ty Brownlow (16:51.5) – got inside the top 20. C-NS’s Jared George finished 23rd, in 17:04.2, while Joe Tricarico (17:09.9) and Brian Traub (17:10.1) also had top-30 efforts.

In the girls CNYCL National race, much the same thing took place as Liverpool’s state Class A no. 12-ranked team prevailed with 23 points, while C-NS, with 51 points, had to hold off the hosts from B’ville (56 points) for that runner-up spot in the team standings.

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