In separate races at last Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse’s cross country teams had a trial run through the Jamesville Beach Park course that, in early November, will host the Section III championships.
And the girls Warriors would prevail in Varsity Race 2, as its total of 32 points fended off runner-up Baldwinsville, who had 61 points and claimed a tie-breaker over Ithaca for that second spot.
Eighth-grader Maia Henry led Liverpool, finishing second in a time of 19 minutes, 59.4 seconds. Sophomore Juliana Basla was fourth, in 20:09 flat, while Abby McNamara was fifth in 20:21.1.
Morgan Mahoney, in ninth place (20:43.8), also cracked the top 10. Morgan Chewning-Kulick (21:33.4) and Jillian Stagnitta (21:37.7) were 14th and 15th, respectively, with Audrey Husenitza 21st (22:03.8) and another eighth-grader, Kristina Moore, getting 26th place in 22:32.1.
The C-NS girls were part of Varsity Race 1, picking up 60 points, but settling for second place behind Skaneateles (56 points) as the Lakers’ Kaitlyn Neal won that race in 19:06.4, the fastest girls time of the entire meet.
Jacqlynn Halstead made her way to third place in 19:58.2, with Jilliann Norris sixth in 20:29.8. Amanda Shuman, in 20:57.2, earned ninth place as Savannah Stevens (21:31.9) was 19th. Lauren Carr (21:37.7), Taylor Parry (21:38.4), Maddy Kolakowski (21:50.9), Emily Dolan (21:52.7) and Madison Gross (22:14.7) finished within the top 30.
Meanwhile, the C-NS boys team also was second in its Varsity 1 race, getting 41 points, which was ahead of everyone except West Genesee, who prevailed with 23 points as it had four of the top five finishers, including Will Randall, who won in 17:02.5.
Andrew Bearkland finished third in a clocking of 17:08.9. Chris Hannan, in 17:17.5, earned sixth place, while Paul DeGennaro was eighth in 17:28.4 and Colin Greenseich (17:32.2) was 10th. Jared George (17:53.2) and Eric Bowen (18:06.9) were 14th and 16th, respectively, as Joe Tricarico (18:28.3) made his way to 24th place.