Lawes wins three events at sectional AA meet

Liverpool boys finish second to F-M; Akinpelu gets pair of girls wins

— While the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team could not quite catch Fayetteville-Manlius and earn the Section III Class AA championship, Ryheim Lawes did establish himself as the top individual performer of the event.

During Tuesday night's Class AA meet at SRC Arena, the Warriors picked up 101.5 points, topping everyone except the Hornets, who relied on its deep pool of distance runners to earn most of its 121 points and get to the top. Cicero-North Syracuse was fourth with 46 points.

Lawes started his big day by winning the 55-meter dash in 6.55 seconds, with teammate Brandon Mayfield (6.90 seconds) grabbing fifth place. In the 300-meter dash, Lawes, in 36.20 seconds, beat Corcoran’s Davon Evans (37.25 seconds) by more than a second.

To cap it off, in the long jump, Lawes and teammate Mark Vanmarter went 1-2 in a closely fought long jump. Going 21 feet 7 ½ inches, Lawes edged Vanmarter (21’6 ½”) by just one inch.

Vanmarter added a second-place triple jump of 42’10 ¾”, topped by Rome Free Academy’s Josh Reed, who went 44’5” for the victory, while Vanmarter cleared 5’8” in the high jump for fourth place, with Nate Guarente fifth (5’4”) and C-NS’s George Reader in sixth place.

C-NS’s Morgan Austen, fourth in the long jump (19’7 ¾”), made up for it by winning the 55-meter hurdles in 7.92 seconds, with fellow Northstar Pete Girardi (8.25 seconds) in the second spot.

Girardi also got sixth place in the triple jump and, in the 4x400 relay, paired with Austen, Evan Russell and Bryan Bausinger as C-NS got second place in 3:38.34, just behind Baldwinsville (3:34.30) but beating Liverpool’s third-place clocking of 3:39.82.

Liverpool’s Connor Buck was third in the 3,200-meter run in 9:35.11, ahead of Dylan McCarthy in sixth place. Alex Christensen got to third place in the 1,000-meter run in 2:36.57, with Nick LeClair (2:38.07) sliding into fourth place.

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